Interesting Software and Articles - 6/16/06


MSR MapCruncher for Virtual Earth

Very neat app that mashes together existing maps with Virtual Earth - the possibilities are endless.

The Virtual Earth API allows web developers to supplement Virtual Earth's maps with pushpins and lines. MapCruncher brings mashups to a whole new level by allowing developers to import entire maps to supplement the existing road and aerial imagery with detailed, application-specific information. The possibilities are endless: bicycle maps, transit maps, national park maps, university maps, antique city maps, or whatever scale maps you personally find interesting. See our Gallery.

xl-caBIG Smart Client

The xl-caBIG Smart Client is a set of extensions to Microsoft Excel 2003 that gives scientists a graphical interface for accessing cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid (caBIG) data-services. caBIG is a National Cancer Institute project that is likely to become the authoritative source of knowledge related to cancer. This smart client gives users intuitive access to caBIG by leveraging their intimacy with the Windows environment and Excel's statistical tools.

Proteus Run Time Integrator (RTI)

The Run Time Integrator (RTI) of Proteus glues Web Services using standard relational algebra operators. It consists of three key components: Plan Generation GUI (PG-GUI), Coordinator (CORD), and the Broker; see RTI components for details. PG-GUI can be used in different domains. For example, one may compose a plan to use Google to spell check an author's name prior to invoking Amazon to retrieve their books. A neuroscientist may compose NCBI and KEGG Web Services into a plan.


The May 2006 preview of the Language-Integrated Query (LINQ) technology contains .NET Framework enhancements to support querying data, VB and C# language extensions, Visual Studio 2005 integration (editing, designing and debugging), plus samples, hands on labs and whitepapers.

The LINQ Project The LINQ Project is a codename for a set of extensions to the .NET Framework that encompass language-integrated query, set, and transform operations. It extends C# and Visual Basic with native language syntax for queries and provides class libraries to take advantage of these capabilities.