In my previous computer programming experience I have only ever used windows technologies for making websites such as asp.net which includes many high quality ajax controls for professional interactive websites.
Whilst asp.net can run on linux I think I've only seen one bioinformatics website written in asp.net.
Are there tools/components/controls etc preferred by bioinformatics for making websites. I need basic features like ajax postbacks and ability to break the browser window down into sections (and not with frames!) like in galaxy and slider bar controls. In fact coverflow style web interface would be great.
This question might not appear to be specific to bioinformatics but it is because I'm interested in the trends and technologies used within this field. I notice bioinformatics has certain trends and I'm a fan of consistency - plus its easier to swim with the current than against it.
it is my understanding that biologists are not comfortable downloading and installing software and prefer analysing their data using the web. If you wanted to make a workbench type of tool available to biologists on the net then it would be advantageous to have some sorts of web components for making the browser look more like a traditional application. I know this isn't 'necessary' but it makes for a more enjoyable user experience. This was what i had in mind when i asked the question.