March 3, 2017

BioMart 0.8

BioMart will be previewing their new 0.8 version during a dedicated workshop at GMOD Europe 2010.

The key change in the new system is a shift from a Perl-driven user interface and backend to a Java-driven one, complete with Web 2.0 technologies such as AJAX and advanced JavaScript toolkits used in the interface design. Under the hood, there have also been a number of changes to key concepts and paradigms which should make BioMart easier to understand, configure and use in future.

The migration process from 0.7 to 0.8 has not yet been publicly described, however the workshop should hopefully shed some light on this. Given BioMart's track record of backwards-compatibility, I don't expect there to be any major issues. However those building marts from scratch will be faced with a new set of tools which may incur a bit of a learning curve.

Topics: Bioinformatics, Bioinformatics, BioMart, Ensembl