Hi Everyone

I wanted to share some code with the galaxy community and I am looking for 
opinions on the following approach.

We want to create a standardized galaxy tool development environment to address 
specific problems we faced in the past while minimizing training and 
hand-holding efforts associated with galaxy development.

Problems encountered:
Getting start with Galaxy tool development is complicated as it requires an 
understanding of the whole system (not just Galaxy and the tool shed).
Devs accidentally use the latest galaxy release to develop their tools instead 
of the in-house production server release.
Dev's environment is tainted with system-wide installed software -> 
tool-dependencies can't be verified because the system installed binaries are 
on the path regardless.
Dev's environment is substantially different from production server environment 
-> tool dependencies work in dev but not in prod.
Several other issues that I can't quite remember

Solution and outcomes:
Use provisioning software such as vagrant to standardize the dev environment.

·         Reduce time and training required on getting galaxy/toolshed 
installed and started

·         Provides ability to easily blow away the dev environment and 
re-instantiate it

·         Provides a clean dev environment every time that isn't tainted with 
system-wide installations of software

·         Provides a more similar environment to the production server 
(assuming it runs the same OS)

I hope that this is useful for other galaxy tool devs.  I am open to 
collaboration to improve this initiative and I am looking for insight on some 
problems we are facing.

The repo is on github: https://github.com/AAFC-MBB/vagrant-galaxy  Forked from 
the Smithsonian/vagrant-galaxy repo


Iyad Kandalaft

Bioinformatics Application Developer, Science and Technology Branch
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada / Government of Canada
iyad.kandal...@agr.gc.ca / Tel: 613-759-1228 / TTY: 613-773-2600

Développeur de logiciels bioinformatique, Direction Général de Science et 
Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada / Gouvernement du Canada
iyad.kandal...@agr.gc.ca / Tél. : 613-759-1228 / ATS: 613-773-2600

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