[Bioperl-l] EUtilities term handling
bix at sendu.me.uk
Thu Oct 5 14:32:49 UTC 2006
Hilmar Lapp wrote:
> On Oct 5, 2006, at 10:08 AM, Sendu Bala wrote:
>> On the contrary, I find it a surprise because EUtilities is an interface
>> to NCBI's eutils, not the entrez website.
>> If I had previously read instructions on using eutils:
>> I might (do) expect that I /should/ use + in my term.
> This is my point - stick to your definitions. Are you wrapping a query
> form on a website or are you wrapping a web service (i.e., a URL)?
> The examples you give are about wrapping a web-service. Your original
> question was about wrapping a website.
Right... I don't see that that changes the answer to my question though
"The question is, should a Bioperl module always work with
queries that the web-service it is a front-end to works with?"
For me, the answer is still yes.
> As far as I'm concerned, I'll happily count myself among those who are
> lazy and ignorant, don't read NCBI's documentation, don't want to know
> how to URL encode and why this needs to be done, but just want it to work.
That's a reasonable attitude to take. Which comes back to the question I
asked of Chris - naively, if you send + as + you can please everyone,
can't you? Both people who have read the docs on the web-service and
those who haven't? Or are there real queries in which a user may want to
search for a phrase with a literal + in it (and where such a search
works via eutils)?
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