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Monday September 03, 2001
01:09 PM


[ #746 ]
Wow, biologists sure can hack! At a a recent hackathon, they came up with tools to take UML and produce Perl/C++/Java code and much much more. To quote Jason Stewart's report to the O'Reilly Bioinformatics mailing list ...

The long and short is: we will shortly have Open Source tools that enable you to build a UML model and from it create:

  • a complete set of Perl, java, or C++ API classes that represent the classes in your model
  • a markup language, defined in either a DTD or W3C XML Schema
  • import/export routines from the markup language to the API class objects and vica versa
  • a relational data model for persistently storage of data from the model
  • code that stores and retrieves API objects to/from the DB

This to me is pretty astounding!! You spend a bit of time modelling your work in UML, and then you 99% of the code you need for a complete informatics solution by running some perl scripts.

The tools are on Sourceforge. There's a rough web site.