[Bioperl-announce-l] Announcing Developer's release 1.1.1

Ewan Birney birney@ebi.ac.uk
Sun, 13 Oct 2002 19:36:36 +0100 (BST)

  Bioperl 1.1.1




[NB - we are having a slight set of issues with our ftp server and it wont
allow ls on the ftp clients. As long as you just use get I think it works:
the http access certainly works]

I am pleased to announce Bioperl 1.1.1 which is a developers release
for Bioperl. Since Bioperl 1.0 we have split releases into stable
series (even numbers) and developer releases (odd numbers). Developer
releases are released with all tests passing on most testable
platforms (certainly the common UNIX'es), and they provide a preview
of the next stable series for people who find using the anonymous cvs
server a little too close to living on the edge.

Most of the features we expect to see in the 1.2 stable release series are
available now in 1.1.1 - in particular we have:

  - start of HOWTO documentation to guide new users

  - Bio::Perl module extensions for easy functional usage of Bioperl,
aimed mainly at new users

  - Ontology support started

  - Improve SeqIO parsing speed and robustness to complete

  - OMIM parsing and support for phenotypes

  - Support for the new Entrez web programmable resources

And, as always, increased stability, fixes and documentation fixes.

In addition we expect/hope 1.2 to have major improvements in:

  - Better documentation and easying the learning curve for new users

  - working with relational databases via the bioperl-db and parent
BioSQL project

  - working with mid-scale pipelines via the bioperl-pipeline project

  - start of expression data handling via the bioperl-expression project

We'd encourage everyone who wants to help us make 1.2 to subscribe to
bioperl-l where we will be discuss the final set of requirements and plan
for 1.2. 1.2 should be released before the end of the year

Ewan Birney, on behalf of the Bioperl Developers.