[Omaha.pm] Fishing for GUI ideas...

Todd Christopher Hamilton netarttodd at gmail.com
Wed Dec 3 05:25:55 PST 2008

xml is a great idea. I agree it might be to much to render but...what
if you approached it like a large table.  the million row table
problem has (AFAICT) has been solved with the concept of pageing.
paging like displaying only 50 rows of you million row table.

what if you took a similar approach with your svg? each zoom level
displays only what you need.  new zoom requests (ajax) make a new
query in the background.

On 12/3/08, Jay Hannah <jay at jays.net> wrote:
> On Dec 3, 2008, at 5:41 AM, Rob Townley wrote:
>> Viral, Bacterial and ¿ribosomal? dna are usually in a circle.
>> Normal human, but not mitochondrial DNA is a line.
>> When i did research, most molecular biologists were only interested in
>> circular dna because anything else was too big.  Of course the human
>> genetic code has been broken since then.  It may not matter at all to
>> your users...
> Ya. Whether or not they were looking at circular DNA our GUI would
> flatten it (as many tools do).
>> When i taught C++, a geneticist and i toyed with a circular rna
>> explorer like interface using a cross platform gui toolkit application
>> for the Mac and Windows.
> Oh? Did it survive? What's the name of that project?
>> On a tangent, i was wondering if svg could make it easier to do a
>> circle.   Scalable Vector Graphics defined in XML, maybe too much
>> data.
>> Or, using svg to make a line like interface similar to a disk
>> defragging gui.
> Well, sidestepping the whole circular thing is my plan, so I don't
> have to deal with it. I'd be very impressed if any SVG renderer could
> scale up to thousands of base pairs without choking horribly.  :)
> Status update: Mario added an Javascripty (almost AJAXy) scroll bar
> to our tool:
> http://clab.ist.unomaha.edu/CLAB/index.php/RT386
> j
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