Rapid Software Prototyping can significantly reduce development times in the field of Computational Molecular Biology and Molecular Modeling. BALL (Biochemical ALgorithms Library) is an application framework implemented in C++ that has been specifically designed for this purpose. It provides an extensive set of data structures as well as classes for Molecular Mechanics, advanced solvation methods, comparison and analysis of protein structures, file import/export, and visualization .
BALL has been carefully designed to be robust, easy to use, and open to extensions. Especially its extensibility which results from an object-oriented and generic programming approach distinguishes it from other software packages. BALL is well suited to serve as a public repository for reliable data structures and algorithms.
Based on BALL we have developed a stand-alone tool for molecular visualization, BALLView. BALLView makes the broad functionality available through an integrated user-friendly GUI.
Source code, bugtracker, and wiki moved to GitHub!
Developer Retreat 2015.1
February 22, 2015February 22, 2015
We met in Saarbrücken to plan the further development of BALL. In the near future you will find more information on our new website. Code and bugtracker will move to GitHub!
ballaxy Tools Released
August 7, 2014August 7, 2014
A new release of BALL and BALLView containing our new ballaxy tools is availably.
This new release offers, besides bugfixes, our new ballaxy workflow framework for structure based computational biology. The framework consists of command line tools, a ballaxy workflow server, based on the popular Galaxy workflow engine, offering those tools and a ballaxy plugin for BALLView which allows interaction with a ballaxy server instance.
More information, e.g. a list of current tools, our live ballaxy server or instructions on how to set up your own ballaxy instance using docker can be found here.
BALL 1.4 Released
January 28, 2013January 28, 2013
A new stable release for BALL is now available.
This new release mainly focuses on compile and bug fixes. The most user visible changes are probably the rework of the Pubchem Downloader in BALLView, which now uses the new REST interface provided by Pubchem.