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|A general UNIX interface for biocomputing and network information retrieval software
|Kiong, B.K.,Tan, T.W. (1993). A general UNIX interface for biocomputing and network information retrieval software. Computer Applications in the Biosciences 9 (5) : 581-586. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
|We describe a UNIX program, HYBROW, which can integrate without modification a wide range of UNIX biocomputing and network information retrieval software. HYBROW works in conjunction with a separate set of ASCII files containing embedded hypertext-like links. The program operates like a hypertext browser featuring five basic links: file link, execute only link, execute-display link, directory-browse link and field filling link. Useful features of the interface may be developed using combinations of these links with simple shell scripts and examples of these are briefly described. The system manager who supports biocomputing users should find the program easy to maintain, and useful in assisting new and infrequent users; it is also simple to incorporate new programs. Moreover, the individual user can customize the interface, create dynamic menus, hypertext a document, invoke shell scripts and new programs simply with a basic understanding of the UNIX operating system and any text editor. This program was written in C language and uses the UNIX curses and termcap libraries. It is freely available as a tar compressed file (by anonymous FTP from nuscc. nus. sg).
|Computer Applications in the Biosciences
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