[Bioperl-l] different syntaxes for SeqI constructor and Factory constructor?

Chris Fields cjfields at uiuc.edu
Thu Dec 7 13:44:32 EST 2006


On Dec 6, 2006, at 9:13 PM, zhihua li wrote:

> Hi netters,
>
> Recently I found this:
>
> For constructing a new SeqI object, I had to write:
> $seq_obj=Bio::SeqIO->new(
>      -file => '/home/myfile',
>      -format => 'Fasta');              #Note the dash before the  
> two arguments.
>
> If I omitted the dash:
> $seq_obj=Bio::SeqIO->new(
>     file => '/home/myfile',
>     format => 'Fasta');
> I'd get error:
> MSG: Unknown format given or could not determine it []
> STACK Bio::SeqIO::new /usr/lib/perl5/site_perl/5.8.7/Bio/SeqIO.pm:377
>
> So it seems to me that the dashes before the arguments are  
> essential.  However, when I tried to build a factory for  
> StandaloneBlast, I found the other way around.
>
> If the script had the dash:
> $blast_obj=Bio::Tools::Run::StandAloneBlast->new(
>             -program => 'blastn',
>             -database => '/home/mydatabase');
>
> I'd get the error message: MSG: Unallowed parameter: - !
> STACK Bio::Tools::Run::StandAloneBlast::AUTOLOAD /usr/lib/perl5/ 
> site_perl/5.8.7/Bio/Tools/Run/StandAloneBlast.pm:433
> STACK Bio::Tools::Run::StandAloneBlast::new /usr/lib/perl5/ 
> site_perl/5.8.7/Bio/Tools/Run/StandAloneBlast.pm:400
>
> If I left out the dash by saying:
> $blast_obj=Bio::Tools::Run::StandAloneBlast->new(
>             program => 'blastn',
>             database => '/home/mydatabase');
>
> Everyting is fine.
>
> Now I'm confused. Why sometimes I have to add the dash, while  
> sometimes I'm not allowed to?
>
> Thanks in advance!

I agree that this should be more consistent.  Does anyone know the  
reasoning for this?

Christopher Fields
Postdoctoral Researcher
Lab of Dr. Robert Switzer
Dept of Biochemistry
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign





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