Ewan Birney

NAME

Bio::DB::WebDBSeqI - Object Interface to generalize Web Databases for retrieving sequences

SYNOPSIS

   # get a WebDBSeqI object somehow
   # assuming it is a nucleotide db
   my $seq = $db->get_Seq_by_id('ROA1_HUMAN')

DESCRIPTION

Provides core set of functionality for connecting to a web based database for retriving sequences.

Users wishing to add another Web Based Sequence Dabatase will need to extend this class (see Bio::DB::SwissProt or Bio::DB::NCBIHelper for examples) and implement the get_request method which returns a HTTP::Request for the specified uids (accessions, ids, etc depending on what query types the database accepts).

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AUTHOR - Jason Stajich

Email jason@chg.mc.duke.edu

APPENDIX

The rest of the documentation details each of the object methods. Internal methods are usually preceded with a _

get_Seq_by_id

 Title   : get_Seq_by_id
 Usage   : $seq = $db->get_Seq_by_id('ROA1_HUMAN')
 Function: Gets a Bio::Seq object by its name
 Returns : a Bio::Seq object
 Args    : the id (as a string) of a sequence
 Throws  : "id does not exist" exception

get_Seq_by_acc

 Title   : get_Seq_by_acc
 Usage   : $seq = $db->get_Seq_by_acc('X77802');
 Function: Gets a Bio::Seq object by accession number
 Returns : A Bio::Seq object
 Args    : accession number (as a string)
 Throws  : "acc does not exist" exception

get_Seq_by_gi

 Title   : get_Seq_by_gi
 Usage   : $seq = $db->get_Seq_by_gi('405830');
 Function: Gets a Bio::Seq object by gi number
 Returns : A Bio::Seq object
 Args    : gi number (as a string)
 Throws  : "gi does not exist" exception

get_Seq_by_version

 Title   : get_Seq_by_version
 Usage   : $seq = $db->get_Seq_by_version('X77802.1');
 Function: Gets a Bio::Seq object by sequence version
 Returns : A Bio::Seq object
 Args    : accession.version (as a string)
 Throws  : "acc.version does not exist" exception

get_request

 Title   : get_request
 Usage   : my $url = $self->get_request
 Function: returns a HTTP::Request object
 Returns : 
 Args    : %qualifiers = a hash of qualifiers (ids, format, etc)

get_Stream_by_id

  Title   : get_Stream_by_id
  Usage   : $stream = $db->get_Stream_by_id( [$uid1, $uid2] );
  Function: Gets a series of Seq objects by unique identifiers
  Returns : a Bio::SeqIO stream object
  Args    : $ref : a reference to an array of unique identifiers for
                   the desired sequence entries

get_Stream_by_acc

  Title   : get_Stream_by_acc
  Usage   : $seq = $db->get_Seq_by_acc([$acc1, $acc2]);
  Function: Gets a series of Seq objects by accession numbers
  Returns : a Bio::SeqIO stream object
  Args    : $ref : a reference to an array of accession numbers for
                   the desired sequence entries
  Note    : For GenBank, this just calls the same code for get_Stream_by_id()

get_Stream_by_gi

  Title   : get_Stream_by_gi
  Usage   : $seq = $db->get_Seq_by_gi([$gi1, $gi2]);
  Function: Gets a series of Seq objects by gi numbers
  Returns : a Bio::SeqIO stream object
  Args    : $ref : a reference to an array of gi numbers for
                   the desired sequence entries
  Note    : For GenBank, this just calls the same code for get_Stream_by_id()

get_Stream_by_version

  Title   : get_Stream_by_version
  Usage   : $seq = $db->get_Seq_by_version([$version1, $version2]);
  Function: Gets a series of Seq objects by accession.versions
  Returns : a Bio::SeqIO stream object
  Args    : $ref : a reference to an array of accession.version strings for
                   the desired sequence entries
  Note    : For GenBank, this is implemeted in NCBIHelper

default_format

 Title   : default_format
 Usage   : my $format = $self->default_format
 Function: Returns default sequence format for this module
 Returns : string
 Args    : none

request_format

 Title   : request_format
 Usage   : my ($req_format, $ioformat) = $self->request_format;
           $self->request_format("genbank");
           $self->request_format("fasta");
 Function: Get/Set sequence format retrieval. The get-form will normally not
           be used outside of this and derived modules.
 Returns : Array of two strings, the first representing the format for
           retrieval, and the second specifying the corresponding SeqIO format.
 Args    : $format = sequence format

get_seq_stream

 Title   : get_seq_stream
 Usage   : my $seqio = $self->get_seq_sream(%qualifiers)
 Function: builds a url and queries a web db
 Returns : a Bio::SeqIO stream capable of producing sequence
 Args    : %qualifiers = a hash qualifiers that the implementing class 
           will process to make a url suitable for web querying 

url_base_address

 Title   : url_base_address
 Usage   : my $address = $self->url_base_address or 
           $self->url_base_address($address)
 Function: Get/Set the base URL for the Web Database
 Returns : Base URL for the Web Database 
 Args    : $address - URL for the WebDatabase 

proxy

 Title   : proxy
 Usage   : $httpproxy = $db->proxy('http')  or 
           $db->proxy(['http','ftp'], 'http://myproxy' )
 Function: Get/Set a proxy for use of proxy
 Returns : a string indicating the proxy
 Args    : $protocol : an array ref of the protocol(s) to set/get
           $proxyurl : url of the proxy to use for the specified protocol

retrieval_type

 Title   : retrieval_type
 Usage   : $self->retrieval_type($type);
           my $type = $self->retrieval_type
 Function: Get/Set a proxy for retrieval_type (io_string or tempfile)
 Returns : string representing retrieval type
 Args    : $value - the value to store

url_params

 Title   : url_params
 Usage   : my $params = $self->url_params or 
           $self->url_params($params)
 Function: Get/Set the URL parameters for the Web Database
 Returns : url parameters for Web Database
 Args    : $params - parameters to be appended to the URL for the WebDatabase 

ua

 Title   : ua
 Usage   : my $ua = $self->ua or 
           $self->ua($ua)
 Function: Get/Set a LWP::UserAgent for use
 Returns : reference to LWP::UserAgent Object
 Args    : $ua - must be a LWP::UserAgent

postprocess_data

 Title   : postprocess_data
 Usage   : $self->postprocess_data ( 'type' => 'string',
                                     'location' => \$datastr);
 Function: process downloaded data before loading into a Bio::SeqIO
 Returns : void
 Args    : hash with two keys - 'type' can be 'string' or 'file'
                              - 'location' either file location or string 
                                           reference containing data