Pierre Tutorials

Pierre Java Application Overview

What can you do with the Pierre Java Application?

The Java Application Service created by Pierre is intended for those who wish to work without the web but who feel comfortable with a gui. This environment allows users to do perhaps more than with the Web Application and is the only service created by Pierre that allows for all three types of searching.

The tutorials for this service have been broken into the browse, simple search, advanced search, and expert search. There are other commands for output formatting, output file specification, and ontology linking that may prove useful which can be applied to any of the browse or searches. These will be included with each of the tutorials listed. While this may seem repetative, the idea is to try to create comprehensive pages without the need to jump all over the site.

Getting Started

One of the files that is generated by Pierre is called run_standalone_application which is batch file. Just double click on it to start and you should be presented with the start screen which looks like the figure below. This example has tabs for each kind of functionality although your own case may contain fewer - this will be dependent on what the configurer has created for you. Each panel will be dealt with on its own page. Use the navigation links on the left hand side of this page to go to what you want.

The menu bar has two entries: File and Help.

File has the drop down menu as shown.

Load Query Feature... allows the user to ....

Save Query Feature... allows users to....

Save Browse Results... allows users to ....

Close allows users to close the dialog.

Help has the drop down menu as shown.

Clicking Enable context help allows users to get help on selected fields throughout the Java application. Pass the mouse over a field and if a question mark icon appears, click on the field name and a new window should open wih information about that field. The presence of these help pages is dependent upon someone such as the service designer having made and included them.