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Fifth Annual Tcl/Tk Workshop, 1997

Using Tcl/Tk in Biology Research Application Development

Ellen R. Bergeman and Mark Graves
Department of Cell Biology, Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX


Biology research is an area which presents many problems for software application development. We have found that Tcl and Tk are useful for solving some of the problems such as capturing complex concepts and improving communication between researcher and application developer. Complex concepts can be captured as data types which are initially developed in Tcl, then implemented in C as extensions to the Tcl language when they have been refined. Widgets which provide user-interface functionality for the data types can be implemented using TK. Using these data types and widgets allows for rapid development of small applications which can be used to improve communication between biologist and computer scientist.

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