5 | | The original applications were written in closed source languages ([http://cds.ismrm.org/ismrm-2003/0852.pdf GAVA/Gamma] and IDL_Vespa in [http://www.ittvis.com/ProductServices/IDL.aspx IDL], and [http://www.rrmind.research.va.gov/software/matpulse.asp MatPulse] in [http://www.mathworks.com/ Matlab]) that have licensing issues (primarily restricted use and substantial fees) that make their use for scientific collaboration problematic, as well as make them relatively difficult to extend and virtually impossible to integrate. Rewriting the applications in the open source language, [http://www.python.org/ Python], and utilizing the powerful [http://numpy.scipy.org/ NumPy], [http://www.scipy.org SciPy], and [http://matplotlib.sourceforge.net/ Matplotlib] libraries allows for a clean, robust, full featured and open source (i.e. FREE) integration of the packages. Itprovides a much more natural work flow for researchers as well as making the integrated package much more easily extended by those who need added functionality. As an example it has been straightforward for the authors to add functionality corresponding to recent developments in MRS, providing substantial added value to the integrated VeSPA package for a modest coding effort. |
| 5 | The original applications were written in closed source languages ([http://cds.ismrm.org/ismrm-2003/0852.pdf GAVA/Gamma] and IDL_Vespa in [http://www.ittvis.com/ProductServices/IDL.aspx IDL], and [http://www.rrmind.research.va.gov/software/matpulse.asp MatPulse] in [http://www.mathworks.com/ Matlab]) that have licensing issues (primarily restricted use and substantial fees) that make their use for scientific collaboration problematic, as well as make them relatively difficult to extend and virtually impossible to integrate. Rewriting the applications in the open source language, [http://www.python.org/ Python], and utilizing the powerful [http://numpy.scipy.org/ NumPy], [http://www.scipy.org SciPy], and [http://matplotlib.sourceforge.net/ Matplotlib] libraries allows for a clean, robust, full featured and open source (i.e. FREE) integration of the packages. It provides a much more natural work flow for researchers as well as making the integrated package much more easily extended by those who need added functionality. As an example it has been straightforward for the authors to add functionality corresponding to recent developments in MRS, providing substantial added value to the integrated VeSPA package for a modest coding effort. |
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