Why Das/2 Is Not As Popular As Das/1?
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I was just looking at official DAS statistics, available at this link. In 2011 we had 1200 DAS/1 Servers but only 8 DAS/2 Servers. Furthermore, over the years the number of those servers does not seem to increase.

May I have your opinion about that?

Thank you, Best Regards

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For me it was

  • The easiest tools to develop a DAS server were DAS1 (e.g. proserver).
  • The DAS registry is DAS1 only
  • All the cool kids were using it (Ensembl, Jalview....)

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From what I know/think the main problems with DAS/2 were that the redesign came too soon after trying to convince people to adopt DAS/1

In addition the protocol was not backward compatible. Notably the last activity on DAS/2 was at the time the funding ended in 2007 whereas DAS/1 remained more actively developed.

Though I am sure there is probably a story behind the story there as well: all tied around money, pride, high stakes politics and intrigue.

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