survey

Stephen Brooks Flynn sbflynn at aludra.usc.edu
Wed Mar 30 22:39:07 EST 1994


                                SURVEY

        This is a short survey intended for developers and users of bio-
technology software. The goal of the survey is to gain a better understanding 
of the needs and desires of the bioinformatics community. A key area of focus 
is object oriented technologies and their potential application. You may 
choose to complete any or none of the responses. The results of the survey 
will be used by ZumaSoft, a consulting firm not affiliated with any other 
entity, in their product development efforts and will be held confidential. 
Please note that this is not intended in any way as a commercial 
advertisement. Please feel free to collaborate with your colleagues.
Thanks for your help.

                               Ted Stevens
                            President, ZumaSoft


Section 1 - Graphical User Interfaces

1) What GUI/workstation do you use most often in your workplace ?
   MacIntosh           ______
   Windows             ______
   MSDOS               ______
   OS/2                ______
   Silicon Graphics    ______
   Hewlett Packard     ______
   Sun OpenLook        ______
   NeXT                ______
   Other (specify)     _________________________________

2) Approximately what percentage of others in your workplace use this same
   GUI ?  _______

3) How many different applications is your organization likely to 
   bring up this year on your answer to 1 ?  ______

4) How was your training on your main GUI obtained ?
   1) Vendor training                ______
   2) Independent training firm      ______
   3) In house training program      ______
   4) Other                          ______

5) How well does the GUI metaphor (dialog...) specifically fit the domain
   space of your projects' tasks ?
   1) Not at all                    ______
   2) Like a glove                  ______
   3) Somewhat greater than 50%     ______
   4) Somewhat less than 50%        ______
   5) It works ok but our technicians often get frustrated (please elaborate).
      _____________________________________________________________________
      _____________________________________________________________________
      _____________________________________________________________________


Section 2 - Database technology

6) What type of database ( if any ) do you use ? 
   1) Relational (please specify)      ____________________________________
   2) Object Oriented (please specify) ____________________________________
   3) None                             ______
   4) Other (please specify)           ____________________________________

7) Who designed and implemented your database schema ?
   1) You                 ______
   2) IS department       ______
   3) Other               ______

8) Approximately what level of effort (man months) went into designing and
   implementing your database schema ?  ______

9) How often do you modify your database schema ? ________________________

10) How many people depend on your database ? ______
    How many organizations ? ______

11) How robust is your query language ? (please identify and elaborate)
    ______________________________________________________________________
    ______________________________________________________________________
    ______________________________________________________________________
    ______________________________________________________________________


Section 3 - Programming 

12) Do you use a high level language in your work ? (please specify)
    ______________________________________________________________________

13) Have you previously investigated object oriented programmimng ?
    (please elaborate) ___________________________________________________
    ______________________________________________________________________

14) Which aspects of OO programming (inheritance, polymorphism, 
    encapsulation, code reuse ...) have you found most encouraging ? 
    (please elaborate) ____________________________________________________
    _______________________________________________________________________
    _______________________________________________________________________
    
    Most problematic ? (please elaborate) _________________________________
    _______________________________________________________________________
    _______________________________________________________________________

Section 4 - General

15) Has your organization ever performed an EDP audit ? ______

16) Has your system ever been attacked by a computer virus or worm ? ______

17) Comments about anything _______________________________________________
    _______________________________________________________________________
    _______________________________________________________________________
    _______________________________________________________________________
    _______________________________________________________________________

Section 5 - Professional Info

18) Name, title, and organization _________________________________________
    _______________________________________________________________________

19) Main area of expertise ________________________________________________

20) Address and phone number ______________________________________________
    _______________________________________________________________________


Please return via email to 72674.3161 at compuserve.com. Thank you.






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