Ten recommendations for creating usable bioinformatics command line software
Web of Science
PublisherBIOMED CENTRAL LTD
University of Melbourne Author/sSeemann, Torsten
AffiliationMicrobiology and Immunology
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsSeemann, T. (2013). Ten recommendations for creating usable bioinformatics command line software. GIGASCIENCE, 2 (1), https://doi.org/10.1186/2047-217X-2-15.
Access StatusOpen Access
Bioinformatics software varies greatly in quality. In terms of usability, the command line interface is the first experience a user will have of a tool. Unfortunately, this is often also the last time a tool will be used. Here I present ten recommendations for command line software author's tools to follow, which I believe would greatly improve the uptake and usability of their products, waste less user's time, and improve the quality of scientific analyses.
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