I think GCG missed the boat by not quickly developing a Web interface to
their programs, but it is easy to be critical given the benefit of
hindsight. Two years ago or so when GCG decided to go with an
X-interface, X seemed like a better choice than it does today. I don't
want to start a debate about the relative merits of X vs HTML/Java
interfaces, but given that so much of bioinformatics and computational
biology REQUIRES using a web browser, and very few such programs, other
than GCG's SeqLab, REQUIRE X-windows, it certainly is less convenient and
more costly to have to have both a web browser and PC/Mac X-server
software than just a web browser.
We are seriously looking at www2gcg as an alternative to SeqLab, and one
of our sites prefers W2H.
David W. Elrod, Ph.D. BioInformatics & Computational Chemistry
Computer-Aided Drug Discovery Dept.
Pharmacia & Upjohn, Inc.
301 Henrietta St. Kalamazoo, MI 49007-4940 USA
Phone (616) 833-7772 Fax (616) 833-9183
EMAIL: David.W.Elrod at am.pnu.com