NAME

Bio::SearchIO::SearchWriterI - Interface for outputting parsed Search results

SYNOPSIS

Bio::SearchIO::SearchWriterI objects cannot be instantiated since this module defines a pure interface.

Given an object that implements the Bio::SearchIO::SearchWriterI interface, you can do the following things with it:

    print $writer->to_string( $result_obj, @args );

DESCRIPTION

This module defines abstract methods that all subclasses must implement to be used for outputting results from Bio::Search::Result::ResultI objects.

AUTHOR

Steve Chervitz <sac@bioperl.org>

DISCLAIMER

This software is provided "as is" without warranty of any kind.

APPENDIX

The rest of the documentation details each of the object methods.

to_string

 Purpose   : Produces data for each Search::Result::ResultI in a string.
           : This is an abstract method. For some useful implementations,
           : see ResultTableWriter.pm, HitTableWriter.pm, 
           : and HSPTableWriter.pm.
 Usage     : print $writer->to_string( $result_obj, @args );
 Argument  : $result_obj = A Bio::Search::Result::ResultI object
           : @args = any additional arguments used by your implementation.
 Returns   : String containing data for each search Result or any of its
           : sub-objects (Hits and HSPs).
 Throws    : n/a