updated 09:15 am EST, Tue December 19, 2006
Custom bioinformatics SDK
CLC bio today announced the release of a new Software Developer Kit (SDK) for its bioinformatics software products. The CLC Developer Kit enables the more than 26,000 worldwide users of CLC bio's software to customize their bioinformatics workbenches to their specific needs. Users can download software modules (plug-ins) developed by third parties or create their own plug-ins. The company also released CLC Workbench 3.2, its flagship software analysis solution, to support the new plugin architecture, which can be used to integrate with local or even proprietary databases, proprietary bioinformatics algorithms, and support custom workflows. Plug-ins are programmed in Java, and can be integrated with modules programmed in other languages, such as C/C++ and Python. Six different plugins are now available, including one that integrates five different alignments (ClustalW, K-Align, MUSCLE, MAFFT, and T-Coffee) with CLC bio's graphical framework.