What is it?
bioperl-dev is not a package as such, but a repository for new BioPerl code that is exploratory or experimental.
There is generally enough developer momentum behind the underlying concepts that, once the developer is satisfied with the state of the code, development will move to the Core or other distribution package.
On the other hand, if insurmountable difficulties ensue, or a better solution is found, a bioperl-dev module can die a quiet and dignified death.
bioperl-dev exists to provide space for projects with legs whose code (and particularly, whose API) is still unstable. The idea is to buffer the core and the other "production" packages against instability and unfinished and/or unmaintainable code. However, because bioperl-dev code is intentionally made available to larger BioPerl community through the usual outlets, it can benefit from (brave) user testing, bug reports, patches and dev mods in the same way the production packages do.
Now Playing on The Dev
(as of 19:16, 12 January 2010 (UTC))
- Facility for guessing the source Database of a given acc no. (chmille4)
- Support for arbritary genotype data within NeXML I/O (maj)
- XML read-write support for Bio::DB::HIV (maj)
- Slim SeqFeatures (jason)
|Bio::Search::Tiling||maj||Core||01 Jun 2009||tiling-port-to-core-060109|
|Bio::NexmlIO, Bio::*IO::nexml||chmille4||Core||17 Aug 2009||nexml-port-to-core-081609|
|bioperl-mode||maj||Core||16 Sep 2009||bioperl-mode-port-to-core-091609|
|blastplus facilities||maj||Run||19 Dec 2009||blastplus-port-to-run-121909|
|entrez websvc facilities||maj||Run||12 Jan 2010||soapeu-to-run-011210|
$Id: README 15617 2009-03-28 05:14:23Z maj $ o Version This is bioperl-dev version 1.6.9, a developer release. o Description bioperl-dev contains experimental modules intended to expand the Bioperl envelope. New ideas for future point and stable releases are being explored here. Interested users are encouraged to give these a try, keeping in mind the following points: o the modules here will likely depend on the current HEAD revision of Bioperl (bioperl-live/trunk); a release version may not suffice; o documentation is likely to be spotty at best; o the code should be considered unsupported, though a polite email to the dev is likely to elicit a positive response; o the code should not be considered "production quality"; when this level is reached, bioperl-dev modules will graduate to the core or the appropriate specialty package. See the Changes file for more information about what is contained in here. o Installation See the accompanying INSTALL file for details on installing bioperl-dev o Feedback Write down any problems or praise and send them to firstname.lastname@example.org ;-)