(Image credits: Jeremey Page)
Basically BioJS components behave like Lego blocks. You don’t start from scratch - you can build on top of other blocks.
What exactly is a BioJS package?
A tiny building block that can be reused by anyone.
It could be anything from a FASTA parser to a tree algorithm, or even a simple visualization module.
Moreover a BioJS package is also an
npm stands for node package manager and is the package repository that powers node.
What is BioJS?
BioJS is far more than just a registry for components - we aim to build an infrastructure, with guidelines and tools to avoid reinventing the wheel in life sciences – think “Docker for Bio web components”.
In the early days of BioJS we defined specific Easy to goals - our set of core principles we, as a community, try to follow when developing BioJS components and its resources:
Easy to combine - BioJS makes extensive use of Node’s
require('my-awesome-biojs-component')will load the module of my-awesome-biojs-component into your own project (with
browserifywe can also use run
requirein the browser)
Easy to use - BioJS lets you use components easily by single-line installation via npm. All you need is to write
npm install my-awesome-biojs-componentinto your terminal to get everything you need to reuse the
my-awesome-biojs-component(you will see that
npmexactly behaves like our Lego block manager)
Easy to develop : BioJS provides with you a minimal essential set of conventions and Best Practices, so you as a contributing developer can enjoy as much freedom as possible when creating your own components
Easy to discover : BioJS sums up over 130 components in the BioJS Registry
Easy to understand : The community of BioJS works steadily on creating and improving learning resources for its users and developers. If you find anything to be unclear or if you are missing something, please feel free to edit these pages on github by sending us a pull request, or request new learning sections by creating a github issue
Easy to maintain : Everyone creates a github repo for their own component and maintains only the code they love!
What you get using BioJS
In the next video you can check out what you can achieve by reusing and creating BioJS components: