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
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.