Since its inception in October 2005, the BioPerl Wiki has become the goto (a good goto, that is) place for information on Bioperl development, documentation, installation and support. It's an experiment that worked--the main page has received over 600,000 hits.
There is a wiki page for every BioPerl module, if there is a newly created module we will need to add it to the site with our boilerplate template mentioned in the style guide. A listing of all pages in the Module namespace is available from Special:Allpages. We encourage the addition to these pages of snippets of code showing how to use these modules, workarounds, and pointers to other modules which are complementary. Comments and discussions about a module and its implementation should be localized to the discussion paired for each wiki page.
For other documentation options, please see Getting Started.
Some links to MediaWiki markup and Wikipedia editing help:
- the Wikipedia Manual of Style
- the MediaWiki manual
In addtion to direct editing the wiki pages via HTML in your web browser, you can download mediawiki pages and edit with local editors using the perl module WWW::Mediawiki::Client module - see the mvs client as part of the package.
Other BioPerl Media
In addition to the wiki, BioPerl has several other media choices for news, information and support.
- The BioPerl mailing list is the place to send questions or ideas to a large group of experts (sign up here);
- For a peek under the hood or gratuitous inbox dumping for the lonely, there is BioPerl guts, where all bug reports and Git commit messages go (sign up here);
- See the blog for sporadically updated news;
- The IRC on
freenode.net/#bioperlis populated with friendly, helpful folk. The atmosphere is less formal than on the list;
- For all BioPerl all the time, tune into BioPerl Twitter.
Help with Wiki Problems
To report a technical problem with the wiki (login/password problems, Database/Apache errors), please send an email to: support - AT - open-bio.org.
A list of wiki sysops is here.
Plugins and Extensions
We are also using the Winter extension for some scripting in our templates.
Information about plugins can be found at the Special:Version page including links to the installed Winter and RSS modules.