August 25, 2002
Dalke Scientific Software, LLC today announced the release of version 0.85 of their PyDaylight package. PyDaylight is a rapid application development library for chemical informatics. Written for the Python programming langauge, it is based on the Daylight toolkits and adds high-level interfaces such as objects, exceptions, iterators, and depiction libraries. This release adds support for fingerprints, Daylight's ASCII encoding, depictions in a Qt canvas, and vector fonts for depictions.
PyDaylight reduces the time and effort needed to write and maintain chemical informatics software. Says Pat Walters of Vertex Pharmaceuticals, "PyDaylight greatly simplifies the development of applications which use the Daylight Toolkit. Programs written with PyDaylight typically require fewer than half the lines of an equivalent program in Perl or C."
"The previous release focused on improving the ease of installation," said founder Andrew Dalke. "We got great feedback on that, and now we've returned to filling out support for the Daylight toolkit. Most notably we added fingerprint support, which was our most frequently requested feature. In addition, for those writing GUIs, we improved depiction support and included an interface to Trolltech's Qt library."
More information about PyDaylight can be found at http://www.dalkescientific.com/PyDaylight/.
PyDaylight development and distribution is hosted by SourceForge. SourceForge.net is the world's largest Open Source development website. It provides resources for software development projects including package downloads, mailing lists, anonymous CVS access, and bug tracking.
"Daylight" and "Daylight toolkit" are registered trademarks of Daylight Chemical Information Systems, Inc. Daylight C.I.S. is neither affiliated with nor responsible for PyDaylight. All other marks are property of their respective owners.
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