Chemists can code! sorta …

Anybody who knows me knows that I’m not a programmer, I don’t even play one on TV :( .  I’m a PhD Physical Chemistry student and an experimentalist at that. I knew nothing about distro or software development for most of the time I’ve used Linux. A little over a year ago I figured out how to get on freenode hopped on #ubuntu-motu . I was sucked into the MOTU world and have been known as a raging Ubuntu-holic MOTU.  So now that I’ve experienced a little distro development I’ve been itching a little to do some software development.  Well, the short story is through a series of events I found Gnome Chemisty Utils (and it’s author Jean Bréfort) and a group of chemists interested in open standards and open source in the area of chemoinformatics called Blue Obelisk. Now, putting this all together I ended up learning a little C++ and GTK to create a new color scheme for the gchemutils periodic table app that reads in data from the Blue Obelisk Data Repository (BODR). The new scheme “colorizes” the elements by family (noble gases, alkali metals, etc. ). The fruit of my labor, released today as a part of Gnome Chemistry Utils version 0.7.4, is shown in the following screenshot:

GChemTable

So if you happen to be interested in periodic tables (you know you are) then grab BODR 4 and gchemutils 0.7.4 and have fun.

Next step: figure out how to get all this fun stuff in Universe for Feisty!