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From Andrew McMurry <mcmurry.a...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: cTAKES Groovy…Examples? Relatively low effort, potentially game changing
Date Wed, 04 Dec 2013 23:30:39 GMT
Most Open Source frameworks come with an "project-examples.zip" folder.  

I can't help but think that the Groovy parser code and ctakes-gui make excellent EXAMPLES
for potential users. 

Imagine if each ctakes-component had an example Groovy script that shows how to use each component
complete with the pubmed citation for each! 

Now imagine you could just download a VM and run the examples "out of the box". 
I'll follow up in a separate thread about the VM progress. 

I am passionate about improving the "first time user" experience. 

Why? John Resig (creator of jQuery) gave a convincing (if not damning) synopsis of how open
source projects lose users. 
I think our user base could be easily 10X if we follow his advice:  


PS: My research interest in NLP/ machine learning methods is taking second priority to helping
the "first time user" experience. 
It is imperative we get this stuff right. 

On Dec 4, 2013, at 7:09 AM, Tim Miller <timothy.miller@childrens.harvard.edu> wrote:

> Very cool. I was noticing that it was downloading the umls resources which the parser
itself doesn't need -- so I made a change to not grab clinical-pipeline and grab directly
the things it was getting through that reference and now it runs even faster with only a 35M
initial download.
> I'd like to check in my change -- should we keep working out of sandbox or can we maybe
put groovy scripts somewhere alongside the projects they belong to? Maybe in the scripts/
directory or scripts/groovy, scripts/perl, etc.? Any opinions on this?
> Tim
> On 11/27/2013 12:19 PM, Chen, Pei wrote:
>> The sample constituency parser printer should be working now...
>> Just copy and paste the text to parser.groovy and make it executable.
>> All you should need is groovy installed on your machine.
>> http://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/ctakes/sandbox/groovy/parser.groovy
>> $ parser.groovy input
>> Reading from directory: input
>>  (TOP (S (NP-SBJ (NN patient)) (VP (VBD took) (NP (NP (NNS 50mg)) (PP (IN of) (NP
(NP (NN aspirin)) (PP (IN for) (NP (NP (NN pain)) (PP-LOC (IN in) (NP (NN knee)))))))))(.
>> Maybe we could create one that will output UMLS CUI/Codes... and then others could
easily modify to their needs.
>> --Pei
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: William Karl Thompson [mailto:wkt@northwestern.edu]
>>> Sent: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 10:46 PM
>>> To: dev@ctakes.apache.org
>>> Subject: RE: cTAKES Groovy...
>>> That is very cool!
>>> Since we're talking Groovy, I'd just like make a plug for Gradle, a fantastic
>>> build/deployment/dependency management tool that is in many ways much
>>> nicer to work with than Maven, though it plays nicely with Maven (for
>>> example, it can use Maven repositories). Gradle is also proven technology:
>>> it's the build tool for the Android operating system.
>>> ________________________________________
>>> From: Chen, Pei [Pei.Chen@childrens.harvard.edu]
>>> Sent: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 4:13 PM
>>> To: dev@ctakes.apache.org
>>> Subject: cTAKES Groovy...
>>> Tim had a good end user use case:
>>> I just want to use the ctakes constituency parser and output the tree text to
>>> console.
>>> So I was inspired by Richard example of groovy...
>>> Check out:
>>> http://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/ctakes/sandbox/groovy/parser.groovy
>>> The groovy script will "Automagically" download the required
>>> classes,jars,resources and automatically runs.
>>> No longer requires the user to have any knowledge of UIMA, cTAKES, etc.
>>> Sample:
>>> $ parser.groovy input
>>> Reading from directory: input
>>> patient took 50mg of aspirin for pain in knee.
>>> begin:0 end:48
>>> Pretty cool, 'eh...
>>> --Pei

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