Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Firefox and bioinformatics

Firefox LogoI wondered who else might be working on bioinformatics related extensions for Firefox besides Firegoose. One interesting project is iHOPerator, which builds on Greasemonkey. And, there's a hint of something to come here.

It seems like there was a flurry of interest around 2005, in the early days of AJAX and mash-ups, which produced biobar along with two now-dead projects - bioFox and NCBI Search Toolbar. Back in those days, John Udell asked, How do you design a remixable Web application? Nifty developments like the REST API in EMBL's STRING 8.0 are starting to provide answers.