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unified FASTA/Q reader #222

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commented Apr 14, 2019

(I set it as a draft PR to ask for comments before going further)

I want to have an unified one of opening a FASTA or FASTQ stream and parse it. The approach here uses new enums fastx::Reader and fastx::Record wrapping their fasta and fastq equivalents:

pub enum Reader<R: io::Read> {

and then I implemented the FastqRead and FastaRead traits for the new fastx::Reader.
These are closed types (with enums) opposed to using open types (defining a trait and moving trait objects around). But I don't foresee this being adapted to other Record/Reader formats (especially GFF and BED, the other available in this crate).

I can't do this outside rust-bio because I use the Reader::new method to check it is a FASTA or FASTQ file, and then create the appropriate fasta::Reader or fastq::Reader struct:
I had to change private fields in both structs, so I made the internals of the struct pub(crate) to let them be initialized in the crate (and I don't think the reader and line fields should be exposed in any way outside the crate).

I also made the read method in fastq::Reader more into what its counterpart in fasta::Reader is doing, avoiding clearing the line_buf field in the beginning (which defeated the purpose of setting it during the initialization in fastx::Reader::new().


  • more tests (I only copied two from the fasta and fastq modules)
  • finish the unimplemented! bits
  • error handling when creating a new Reader
  • maybe avoid reimplementing the Records iterator?
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