[BioC] good news and bad news

Steve Lianoglou mailinglist.honeypot at gmail.com
Thu Aug 16 19:35:00 CEST 2012


On Thu, Aug 16, 2012 at 1:25 PM, Michael Lawrence
<lawrence.michael at gene.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 16, 2012 at 10:16 AM, Hervé Pagès <hpages at fhcrc.org> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> People generally ask "do you want me to start with the good or with
>> the bad news?" Here they are in no particular order (both are changes
>> in BioC devel):
>> - I've added the mcols() accessor as the preferred way (over
>>   elementMetadata() and values()) to access the metadata columns.
>>   Also the term "metadata columns" is now used consistently
>>   everywhere in the IRanges/GenomicRanges/**Rsamtools documentation
>>   (instead of "element metadata", "elementMetadata columns",
>>   "values", "columns of values", "metadata values",
>>   "elementMetadata values", etc...)
> I am wondering about the name choice. What about "metaframe"? That way it
> is similar to the analogous but differently shaped "metadata" and conveys
> the nature of the return value.

I guess the motivation is the length of the name since most people
will be writing it often.

`mframe` perhaps, even though that's just as long as `values`, but
more informative of what it actually is.

I'm just as happy w/ `mcols` though, to be honest.


Steve Lianoglou
Graduate Student: Computational Systems Biology
 | Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
 | Weill Medical College of Cornell University
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