caBIONet - A .NET wrapper to access and process genomic data stored at the National Cancer Institute's Center for Bioinformatics databases

Piotr Kraj, Richard A. McIndoe

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Motivation: The National Cancer Institute's Center for Bioinformatics (NCICB) has developed a Java based data management and information system called caCORE. One component of this software suite is the object oriented API (caBIO) used to access the rich biological datasets collected at the NCI. This API can access the data using native Java classes, SOAP requests or HTTP calls. Non-Java based clients wanting to use this API have to use the SOAP or HTTP interfaces with the data being returned from the NCI servers as an XML data stream. Although the XML can be read and manipulated using DOM or SAX parsers, one loses the convenience and usability of an object oriented programming paradigm. caBIONet is a set of .NET wrapper classes (managers, genes, chromosomes, sequences, etc.) capable of serializing the XML data stream into local .NET objects. The software is able to search NCICB databases and provide local objects representing the data that can be manipulated and used by other .NET programs. The software was written in C# and compiled as a .NET DLL.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3456-3458
Number of pages3
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - Aug 15 2005


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Computational Mathematics

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