23 Oct 2012
To inform as many people as possible about the large list of bioinformatics tools available, we will monthly present a tool in the news. This month we put the spotlight on CLI-mate.
CLI-mate is a service to facilitate developers in creating user-friendly interfaces for a command line tool. CLI-mate was developed at the Department of Human Genetics, Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC).
In the agile development environment of bioinformatics, many command line tools are created quickly to fill in gaps between complex information processes. A command line interface (CLI) is sometimes sufficient for the task, but it limits adoption by a broader audience. Therefore it’s often necessary for the developer to create a wrapper that provides a more user friendly interface. The CLI-mate interface generator makes this easy: it can generate different wrappers: one of them is turning the program into a Galaxy tool.