[Bioperl-l] Emerging from obscurity

Jason Stajich jason@chg.mc.duke.edu
Wed, 10 Jan 2001 20:33:12 -0500 (EST)

Paul - We are very happy to have you aboard the project.  We are very
happy to add you skills to the team and I look forward to you getting
aquainted with the modules and helping us in the design (and redesign)  
of many of the objects.  

 The tasks you outline below sound like a very good starting point and are
very sorely needed as many of developers are only plugged into UNIX on a
regular basis.  The documentation will be a good starting point too, but I
strongly suggest you try and use the bioperl modules to solve a task you
have in your lab.  (I guess the Mac portability tackling will give you
this experience - but really try and use it to manipulate some of your 
yeast data).  This will give you the chance to both get used to
modules and help write documentation for people who are new to bioperl.
The developers who are familiar with the code too often skip over the
important details when writing docs.   If you are unsure of how to use a
module feel free to use the list for questions, I know there are many more
people who are looking for ways to get comfortable with the modules.

I'd also like to see us consider moving some of the
documentation/tutorials to the wiki web site to facilitate more people
contributing to it.  Perhaps some 'scenerio writing' which describes a
problem and how bioperl was used to solve it.

Again, welcome aboard and we look forward to your contributions.  


On Thu, 11 Jan 2001, Paul-Christophe Varoutas wrote:
> - Help figuring out bioperl 0.7 cross-platform compatibility with the MacOS 
> platform. Almost all french labs use macintosh computers, and our lab has a 
> lot of mac boxes with various types of processors and various versions of 
> MacOS (from 7.5.3 to 9.0). Todd Richmond and Mark Colosimo have already 
> pointed out that there are a lot of compatibility problems, their posts are 
> going to be my starting point. I would like to make a list of all problems, 
> figure out which ones can be solved reasonably easily, and make at least a 
> subset of bioperl work on MacOS "Classic" (non-MacOS X) platforms, which is 
> what most Mac people use, and most probably will continue using.
> - Contribute to Shelly's effort for compatibility with the Windows NT/2000 
> platform.
> - Participate in the documentation project of bioperl. I know that there 
> are already people working on various aspects of the documentation, so I 
> would like Ewan / Hilmar to tell me what you prefer: participate in one of 
> the ongoing projects or initiate another project to do something that is 
> missing.
> I am very glad to contribute to the bioperl group, you are doing some 
> exceptionally good work out there.
> (For those who are reading this line, thank you for reaching so far  :-)   ).
> Paul-Christophe
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Jason Stajich
Center for Human Genetics
Duke University Medical Center