EMBOSS: Project Meeting (Feb 1st 1999)
The local CVS tree still needs some work.
CVS access to the Sanger Centre will require user account for anyone authorized to write to the CVS tree. EB has used this for his own projects and for BioPerl.
EB recommended frequent synchronisation with the repository (cvs update) to reduce the number of clashes when more than one author changes the same file. CVS usually resolves these. So far, PR and IL have only found minor problems when both edited, for example, the same header comment.
An alternative security model in CVS uses Kerberos, but this is not favoured.
EB explained the CVS release process, where a release is created as a branch point. Later bug fixes are made to the release branch, and development work can continue on the main branch. These can be merged later.
The BioPerl pages have a guide to CVS, the URL is http://bio.perl.org/UserInfo/CVShelp.html
EB would like to include WISE code in EMBOSS libraries. The libraries are Library GPL so this needs formal permission from EB. Examples would be dynamic programming and comparison matrix code.
To integrate WISE2, EB would look after the code and PR would provide the ACD files.
PR is also working on other applications, for example PHYLIP, and will add these to the application documentation pages.
There was discussion about application naming. An earlier proposal to use "seq" as a prefix was concluded to be too confusing in an alphabetical listing. AJB proposed "DAN" as a name for a DNA melting application.
Standardization is also needed for command line qualifier names.