Future software directions

Reinhard Doelz doelz at comp.bioz.unibas.ch
Fri Feb 26 04:12:32 EST 1993

In article <1993Feb25.184958.1 at molbiol.ox.ac.uk>, kuzio at molbiol.ox.ac.uk writes:
|>   How long before there is a *complete* gene analysis service offered
|>   (commercial or otherwise)?

It might  never happen. Science is moving faster than software. And as long 
as the funding policy prohibits to write serious software but rather 
enourages you to get your project done and then not generalize the program
you have used (because that's service and not science), academia won't do it.
Commercials certainly would like to do it, but as we make them give away 
their software for less and less money they don't have the resources to 
get it up in time. Seriously, there are so many features that the scientific 
community would like to have that I can hardly imagine a software company
which has enough revenue to employ a fully-fledged staff. Writing niche 
products, or specifically targeted products, is fairly easy. Providing 
the big bang global solution might never happen. Sigh. 


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