How to install the BioDASH demo

Update: Eclipse 3.0.2 archive link modified [June 21, 2006]

Update: New version of BioDash available; Haystack compatibility issue resolved [January 20, 2006]

Recent visitors to this site may have had difficulties installing the demonstration. We have isolated and resolved the incompatibility issue that occurs with recent versions of Haystack. BioDash now comes with a build of Haystack. Please follow the instructions below from the beginning in order to get the latest version of the BioDash demonstration.

Downloading Eclipse 3.0.2 (archived)

While any release version of the Eclipse 3.0 platform will work, we recommend using Eclipse Platform 3.0.2. Even if you already have Eclipse on your machine, we recommend that you keep this installation separate from any installations you use for development. Also, Haystack requires the Sun Java 2 Runtime Environment version 1.4.x; it is not compatible with either the IBM JRE or any 1.5 version of Java.
  1. Go to
  2. Scroll down to the section titled "Platform Runtime Binary" and follow the directions to download the distribution appropriate for the platform you are running.
  3. Unpack the distribution and launch Eclipse. This is achieved by running the file named Eclipse inside of the Eclipse directory.
  4. Eclipse will prompt you for a workspace directory. We recommend you accept the default and click OK.

Downloading Haystack 1.0.11 and the BioDASH plug-in

  1. In Eclipse, select Help/Software Updates/Find and Install from the menu bar.
  2. Select  "Search for new features to install" and click Next.
  3. Click on "New Remote Site". Enter "BioDASH" for the name and "" for the URL. Click OK.
  4. BioDASH will appear in the list of sites to search. Click the checkbox next to it as well as the one next to " update site" and click Next.
  5. Click the checkboxes next to at least the following features, and then click Next: