You may want to consider using a high level language such as
Python, adding your simple API/wrapper to access their a db.
Basically, the way it works is that your users would
author/maintain scripts that do whatever, so you'd just need to
expose and maintain a simple API in python that does what you need.
"adding your simple API/wrapper to access their a db" sounds more or
less like what I asked for ... can you be more specific about what
kinds of tools are available for that?
My own ideas all involved some kind of layer running over a
database. The questions are, what database and what layer?
(Alternately, continuing with some sort of document-based solution a
la Excel, but more robust. I did consider something like e.g.
This is complicated by the fact that it must be shared between
several not-especially-technical -- at least when it comes to
computers -- individuals. If it involves installing and maintaining
multiple software packages on each of their machines, I think I'm
unlikely to be able to sell that. Anything command-line is doomed
out of the gate.
A cross-platform, scriptable, GUI-driven database program would
probably do the job. I did consider FileMaker, but it has never
struck me as being especially suited to large quantities of numeric
data. Perhaps I am incorrect?
I don't recall the exact details, but a fairly large number of years
ago we looked at FM Pro for storing numeric data of a scientific
support, and it did not support scientific notation, as in 3.7E-09.
Maybe that's changed, but I'd make sure to test it first.
Postgresql with php and the accompanying gui tools.
and I will definitely look into that.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, CA, USA
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