My PyQt GUI book Create Simple GUI Applications has been updated, with new chapters on Qt Designer and multithreading. Get it here.

Getting Started with Pathomx

This is quick start-up guide for new users of Pathomx. Following it should give you everything that you need to know to start using Pathomx right away. Once you've been through the basics you might like to see some of the demos to see what Pathomx is capable of.

Gremlins in the Machine

Pathomx is a workflow-based data analysis tool built on IPython. It began as a metabolomic-analysis toolkit, but has extended to support general data analysis workflows. It aims to be simple to use for non-experts while powerful enough for complex analysis tasks. Key to both of these goals is the ability to create 'custom tools' that can be drag-dropped together to form larger workflows.

BioCyc (API)

BioCyc is a Python interface to the BioCyc Web API. Acting as a wrapper it queries the database and then presents the XML returned in a pythonic object-based interface. Support for IPython views is included offering nice summary tables of object attributes.


I've just released a simple API for managing matplotlib line and marker styles for plots. It's called mplstyler and you can get it from Github or PyPi. This code is based on the style manager in Pathomx, extracted for more general use.

Cytoscape v3.0.2 on Mac OS X

Cytoscape 3.0.2 was released on 1st August, a bugfix release for the 3.x series. However, there is a compatibility issue with the latest Java update from Apple resulting in Cytoscape hanging on startup. I'd followed advice found elsewhere to update to the latest Java version with no success, until I found this post from Tim Hull, outlining a simple way to check what version you have installed.