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From Andrew McMurry <mcmurry.a...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: cTAKES user interface
Date Tue, 29 Oct 2013 23:14:50 GMT
Maven is great. Not going away. VM still highly desirable for first time users and even developers.
Maven solves the dependency problem. VM solves an installation problem. 

OK So I should put my money where my mouth is. :)
OK I'll make a cTakes VM (Ubuntu 13.10). 
I basically have to do this anyway. 

We must admit it is pretty tough to setup cTakes even with all the nicely written docs. 
NLP is complicated. CTAKES is a powerful and configurable engine. 

Nonetheless, the user request is completely well warranted. 
" How do I just make it work for the simplest case of copy pasting text into a console window
? " 

In my experiences Maven is great for dependancies of code (jars, wars, zips) but 
really struggles with DEPLOY and INSTALLATION tasks, especially across OS systems. 

Most of the FOSS community has moved past maven for DEPLOY tasks. 
Puppet, Capistrano, and custom shell scripts are far more frequently used than Maven for DEPLOY

How does everyone feel about having trying a VM distribution and see how it goes? 
Volunteers thus far: AndyMC (me) 

On Oct 29, 2013, at 2:52 PM, "Chen, Pei" <Pei.Chen@childrens.harvard.edu> wrote:

> +1
> Pan, the short answer is yes- it can be done in CLI.  
> The problem is that most of us who are already familiar with the nitty gritty are probably
doing this with some sort of custom scripts or solution.
> Cc' the dev group to get a fresh perspective; not sure what the easiest would be-- run
the CPE via command line with default input/output directories or running a Driver Main Class
as part of examples.
> --Pei
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Andrew McMurry [mailto:mcmurry.andy@gmail.com]
>> Sent: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 5:41 PM
>> To: dev@ctakes.apache.org
>> Cc: Pan Teng; andymc@apache.org
>> Subject: Re: cTAKES user interface
>> In my opinion, this user request is totally reasonable.
>> Download time aside, it should take NO LONGER THAN 15 MINUTES to get
>> started with cTakes.
>> True, cTakes is massively powerful and UMLS is a license headache.
>> Nonetheless!
>> This keeps coming up, we should strongly consider an improved VM
>> distribution option so folks can get online with "copy-paste" text ready
>> applications on their local machine.
>> I'm strongly considering making an Ubuntu 13.10 cTakes distribution for my
>> own work, would others want this as well?
>> http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop
>> Yes I know thats a tall order, but its true ! :)
>> We dont have to provide the full UMLS instance, just the non-commercial
>> dictionaries.
>> Just get new users "hooked on cTakes" with ICD9 diagnoses, procedures,
>> medications annotations.
>> How do the other committers feel about this?
>> PS: I'm back and with more vigor++
>> On Oct 29, 2013, at 2:02 PM, "Chen, Pei" <Pei.Chen@childrens.harvard.edu>
>> wrote:
>>> Hi Pan,
>>> Fwd'ing to dev@
>>> From: Pan Teng [mailto:tengpan@udel.edu]
>>> Sent: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 4:37 PM
>>> To: user-owner@ctakes.apache.org
>>> Subject: Fwd: cTAKES user interface
>>> Hi there,
>>> I'm trying to explore the cTAKES system. Just curious whether there is an
>> way that I can use cTAKES system just in the terminal window by typing some
>> command line including input and then the output data can be generated?
>> Your kindly reply will be appreciated.
>>> Best,
>>> Pan

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