Browser-based application for creating Web interfaces for command-line applications
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Software developers have many command-line applications at their disposal for solving today's bioinformatics problems. However, many bench top researchers are turned away by command-line applications and need an easier interface. To cross this divide and reach a broader number of users, software developers use the Mobyle framework to create Web interfaces. The Mobyle framework allows developers to create Web interfaces for applications developed in the Perl, Python, Shell, C/C++, and Java environments. The popularity of the Mobyle framework has resulted in Web interfaces for more than 150 command-line applications.
In the Mobyle framework, the command-line arguments of applications are mapped to various XML elements. The creation of XML files for a specific application is done manually and becomes tedious if applications have several arguments. Mobyle Interface Designer (BMID) eases this step by providing a Web-based interface to interactively create Mobyle XML files. Bioinformatics developers at NIAID are using BMID to generate Web interfaces for custom scripts and workflows in use by our research scientists.
NIAID provides this software free of charge.
BMID was developed by the NIAID Office of Cyber Infrastructure and Computational Biology, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Branch.
Last Updated March 20, 2012
Last Reviewed June 17, 2010