[Bioperl-l] new/unannounced methods

Nathan Haigh n.haigh at sheffield.ac.uk
Thu Mar 8 12:17:45 EST 2007

Sendu Bala wrote:
> Nathan Haigh wrote:
>> I've come across a couple of methods that are commented as being
>> new/unannounced e.g.:
>> Bio::Location::Atomic::trunc
>> As it's not been documented with POD it reduces the POD coverage metric.
>> I wondered if it makes sense to have these types of methods initially
>> made private with the use of a leading underscore until it's unveiling?
>> This way, programmers know not to touch the method from outside the
>> module and the POD coverage doesn't see it as being missed.
>> Any thoughts?
> I got the impression people are already trying to use them anyway, so
> changing the method name may not be ideal. I'd suggest adding POD that
> made it clear it was a method of dubious status.
> Thank you for your efforts!


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