Hypercard front-end for GCG software on Vax

Don Gilbert gilbertd at cricket.bio.indiana.edu
Fri Mar 1 09:07:13 EST 1991

Last May, I put together the beginnings of a Macintosh 
Hypercard interface to the GCG gene sequence analysis 
package running on VMS-Vax computers.  It is based around 
the idea that each function in the GCG suite is presented 
to Bob Biologist as Hyper cards which describe the function 
and present options as buttons and lists.  Bob can type his 
sequence into a card, or select from Mac or VAX data files 
as needed.  The card then builds necessary VAX and GCG 
commands to perform his analysis, sends them to the VAX and 
returns the text or plot results.  All of the archane VMS 
details are (or should be) hidden from Bob.

This HyperGCG stack includes a framework for organizing the 
GCG analysis functions, the needed communications links 
(via phone/serial or network/MacTCP connections), a simple 
sequence editor, file handling routines for VAX and Mac, 
text and plot output functions.  At this point, the stack 
is still an unfinished skeleton; I have implemented only a 
few of the GCG functions, and the organization and 
documentation needs much work.  I am not recommending it 
for Bob or any average user yet. 

Since I made this stack available to a limited audience of 
GCG managers on the Info-GCG mail list and the GCG company 
last May, I have not received enough comments or indication 
that it was of use to anyone for me to pursue work on this.  
It is possibly useful for those who want to work with it, 
and it can be a useful guide to developing Hypercard front-
ends for remote computer software. The stack is at the 
stage where only Hypercard/Hypertalk programming ability, 
and a knowledge of VMS commands, is needed to flesh it out. 
So I am making this stack publicly available on an as-is 
basis to anyone who is interested in looking at it.  I have 
no plans to put any additional work into it.  However, I'll 
collect comments and make any significant suggestions or 
additions available the public.

You can find this stack, as a stuffed, binhexed file, by 
ftp to iubio.bio.indiana.edu, user: anonymous, password: 
any, cd [archive.molbio.mac], get hypergcg.hqx.

-- Don
Don Gilbert                                     gilbert at bio.indiana.edu
biocomputing office, biology dept., indiana univ., bloomington, in 47405

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