Note: a high level review is not a recommendation to use the system. Instead it is the functional equivalent of having purchased some piece of equipment, opened up the box, and checked all of parts inside to make sure nothing was missing. Reviews like this are important because they mimics what will likely occur when your LIMS is being reviewed prior to adoption by a potential client organization.
Let's begin -- there is an ok release page that shows different versions all the way back to their ASP version 1.0. Current version here is 3.0.0 uploaded on 7/5/2010 (that is two years ago). Two years ago is a fairly long time the target for a small LIMS should be at least one release per year, particularly for a web-based system. A normal release cycle tells users that the software is not 'dead.'
Code review will have to wait until a later post. However, at this time I should mention that the software license appears to be missing. Nowadays, even though it can be annoying to do so, you should consider having a license message at the top of each and every source code file you release. If you don't have an open source license handy (they are freely available online for use) simply use the MIT license. Licensing protects you from legal liability. If someone uses your software and it winds up screwing something up you are normally not protected from liability simply because you give something away. Only a license that clearly says that there is no warranty will protect you in these instances.
Regarding naming: I'm not thrilled about the name of the system -- 'Java LIMS' or in some cases on the website it is referred to as the 'Bioinformatics LIMS'. That is why I've called it 'ICRISAT Java LIMS' instead. The other names are too general and it is fairly easy to confuse what you have built for someone else's work.
The next part of this series will start to move down the stack to other aspects of this LIMS like how it builds, testing, and some preliminary configuration/deployment tips.Go Back
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