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This is the README file for the Bioperl central distribution,
Version 1.0.1

# $Id$

o Getting Started
 Thanks for downloading this distribution!

 For tutorials see Bioperl's or the online Bioperl tutorial
 at For
 information on databases and Bioperl see biodatabases.pod. To look at
 example code browse the examples/ and scripts/ directories, and look at
 bioperl.pod for a descriptions of all these scripts. The bioperl.pod file
 also gives a overview of the history and purpose of Bioperl.

 For a discussion of issues in design and development please see
 biodesign.pod, recommended for those who want to contribute code. And for
 a list of OS's and versions that are known to support Bioperl see the
 For info on Bioperl read on!

o About Bioperl

 Bioperl is an association of developers of public domain Perl tools
 for computational molecular biology.

 Our website provides an online resource for
 modules, scripts, and web links for developers of Perl-based software
 for life science research.

o Survey

 We'd like to hear your feedback.  If you are using this toolkit for
 the first time or you are bioperl guru or somewhere in between,
 please consider filling out the survey to help us generate user
 statistics.  We will post the tabulated results on the website as
 soon as we are able to process them and recieve enough responses.
 All individual responses including comments and optional email name
 and organization will be keep confidential for use only by the Open
 Bioinformatics Foundation.  You responses will greatly assist the
 bioperl project and its ability to expand towards new problems in
 bioinformatics and computational biology.  

 You can access the survey at
 or follow the links to the Bioperl Survey from the bioperl website at

o Contact info

 Bioperl developers:

 There's quite a variety of tools available in Bioperl, and more are
 added all the time. If the tool you're looking for isn't described in
 the documentation please write us, it could be undocumented or in process.

 Project website   :
 Project FTP server: (anonymous FTP ok)

 Bug reports       :

 Please send us bugs, in particular about documentation which you
 think is unclear or problems in installation. We are also very
 interested in functions which don't work the way you think they do!

 Please see the AUTHORS file for the complete list of bioperl
 developers and contributors.

 Please see the INSTALL document for installation instructions.

o About the directory structure

 The bioperl directory structure is organised as follows:

 Bio/      - Bioperl modules  
 models/   - DIA drawing program generated OO UML for bioperl classes
 t/        - Perl built-in tests
 t/data/   - Data files used for the tests - provides good data
	     examples for those new to bioinformatics data.	     
 scripts/  - Resuable scripts that use bioperl, some organisation in 
	     attempted here (i.e. das contains das related scripts) 
 scripts/contributed - User submissions of useful scripts not necessarily 
		       integrated into bioperl.  Please see the README
		       in this directory.
 examples/ - Example code snippets

o Documentation

 The "meta" documentation can be found in the bioperl.pod file.
 This should be the starting point for you to read about what
 bioperl is, how to use it and who wrote it.

 The file is a POD formatted tutorial document 
 that contains useful information for new and existing Bioperl users.
 This file also contains a number of useful scripts that the 
 student of Bioperl may want to examine.

 Use your favorite pod2* translator turn it into the format of
 choice or view it directly via perldoc.

 For example, go 

   perldoc bioperl 
 or in this directory go
   pod2text bioperl.pod | more
   pod2text | more 

 pod2html, which comes with Perl, can be used to create web-browser
 navigable documentation files.

 Individual *.pm modules have their own embedded POD documentation
 as well. A complete set of hyperlinked POD, or module, documentation 
 is available at  The most up-to-date 

 Remember 'perldoc' is your friend. You can use this to read any
 file containing POD formatted documentation without needing any type
 of translator.

 There is also an online course written at the Pasteur Institute. See:

 Useful documentation, in the form of example code, can also be found
 in the scripts/ and examples/ directories. The current collection
 includes scripts that run BLAST and retrieve full "Subject" sequences,
 make primers, retrieve ESTs based on tissue, align protein to nucleotide
 sequence, run GENSCAN on multiple sequences, and much more! See
 bioperl.pod for a complete listing.

o Releases
 Bioperl releases are always available from the website or by FTP from  Each release
 is tested with the test suite and cross-tested on a number of
 different platforms.  See the PLATFORMS file for more information on a
 specific platform.  All efforts are made to release a bug-free
 package, however any known bugs in a release will be documented in the
 BUGS file.  See the Changes file for a listing of what features have
 been added or what APIs have changed between releases.

 All odd numbered point releases will be developer releases and
 even point releases are stable releases.
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