MAMMOT - A genomic tiling array design and visualisation tool
Q) Who do I contact about the Mammot project?
A) You can contact me at ed.ryder[at]mammot.org.uk.
Q) What user licence is Mammot released under?
A) Mammot is open source and published under the Gnu Public Licence (GPL) at sourceforge.net.
Q) Mammot doesn't do exactly what I want it to. Am I allowed to alter the source code?
A) Yes! This is allowed under the GPL. Please however acknowledge Mammot as the originating program.
Q) What does Mammot stand for?
A) The (ma)rvelous (m)echanical (mo)use (t)iler. This will be meaningless to anyone who's never seen the TV show Bagpuss :)
Q) I use mammot and want to cite it in a paper. Is there a reference?
A) Mammot has just been accepted by the journal Bioinformatics! Please cite:
Ryder E, Jackson R, Ferguson-Smith A, Russell S.
MAMMOT - a set of tools for the design, management and visualisation of genomic tiling arrays. Bioinformatics (2006). In press
Q) Some of the code in Mammot seems a bit esoteric at best.
A) Mammot represents somewhat of a journey for me as it was my first 'proper' informatics application. Some of the code therefore may seem a bit odd, and some whole sections may contain code that you can probably do with a single PHP command I didn't know existed at the time. Mammot was also written originally for a particular project, and bits were added as and when they were requested. Much of the code therefore evolved over time due to natural selection rather than any intelligent design ;)