[Biococoa-dev] read Fasta File with gap symbols

Scott Christley schristley at mac.com
Wed Apr 1 15:34:48 EDT 2009

On Apr 1, 2009, at 12:10 PM, Stephan wrote:

> Hi Scott,
> Thank you for answering.
> In fact I looked through the code and found a workaround in the  
> BioCocoa Source Code.

Ok, cool, I imagine you commented out some code?  I think a more  
permanent correct fix shouldn't be too difficult to implement.

> One more question: The newest version of BioCocoa is not Mac OS X  
> Tiger compatible... is that right?

I don't think there is anything preventing it, i.e. we are not using  
any Leopard specific functionality, it just may be how the current  
Xcode project settings are defined.  You might give it a try.

> Actually, I wanted to ask how active the community is right now... I  
> might be able to contribute something to the project. I am working  
> in the bioinformatics field and just digging into Cocoa (coming from  
> C++ and python). How easy/hard is it to get a developer account?  
> Also I could help updating the webpage or writing some more  
> tutorials...

Well, there was a flurry of activity in the beginning, before I joined  
the project, but most people have moved on to other projects, though  
many continue to lurk on the mailing list.  But no truthfully there  
really isn't much activity.   I too work in bioinformatics, and I love  
ObjC, so BioCocoa is perfect for me to place my code where others can  
use; however I spend about 80% of my time doing research and only 20%  
coding, so my contributions come in spurts.

One thing I would like for BioCocoa is not for it to just re-implement  
much of what is in (say) bioperl or biopython, ok reading sequence  
files is fine, but some good analysis algorithms or data structures  
would help set BioCocoa apart.  But really that is my preference, any  
contributions are welcome, and getting a developer account is easy.   
What area of bioinformatics do you work in?


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