DNA Workbench for X-windows

James Tisdall tisdall at amalthea.humgen.upenn.edu
Thu Nov 3 11:24:29 EST 1994

In article <39arfu$dol at inet.up.ac.za> fourie at ccnet.up.ac.za writes:
>I saw in TIBS that a X-windows version for DNA Workbench is 
>Does anyone know where I can find this?
>Fourie Joubert
>Department of Biochemistry
>University of Pretoria
>fourie at ccnet.up.ac.za

Hi.  I'm the author.

Actually, I think the article stated that the xwindows version was in
development - I'm not sure, I don't have a copy here.

I've got a mostly-working xwindows version.  It requires that you have
the tcl/tk "wish" program available.  Also, not everything works, but
most things do.  I can send it to you if you send me email requesting

I'm planning on releasing a version of DNA WorkBench that
includes xwindows support for the Unix users.  It will be based on
the new version 5 of the "perl" language, that includes a "Tk extension".

Now, perl version 5 has just been officially released.  The Tk extension
is still in alpha testing.  (Which means it still has a way to go before
its official release.)  Finally, I've just begun porting DNA WorkBench from
its perl4-wish version to the new perl5-tk version.  So it will be some
weeks before I announce it here.

There are plans afoot to make Tk work on macs and on IBM pc's with windows -
that will probably take awhile to be accomplished, but is one reason I'm
using the language(s) that I'm using.  (Also, perl and tk are free and have
large and growing followings.)  I have used perl 5 w/Tk for another
application - a fingerprint data visual editor - and perl w/Tk is
not too bad for software writing even in its "alpha" development stage.

In related news, things look very promising for VMS and IBMpc users
with internet hookups to use DNA WorkBench.  The new version 5 of perl
has prompted a flurry of porting work.  I'll make announcements here
when these become available for DNA WorkBench.

Finally, I'm swapping coasts soon - from Philadelphia to San Francisco.
My current email is tisdall at gradient.cis.upenn.edu  - soon it will be
tisdall at mercator.com   Either one should work for some time.


James Tisdall
Departments of Genetics and Computer and Information Science
Computational Biology and Informatics Laboratory, Human Genome Project
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

tisdall at cbil.humgen.upenn.edu 215-573-3113 fax 215-573-3111

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