I will begin this question with an apology: I am newish to python, and to bioinformatics, and I am transitioning from wet-bench to dry work. So my question could be viewed as dumb or inappropriate for this forum, but I will ask it anyway.
Could I have some more help with installation and using bx-python? I use galaxy a lot, and I would like to be able to integrate some of galaxy's functions with my own scripts as I become more confident with python.
It seems that there is no documentation really available until you install the package. But I have had problems with the installation, and I would like to make sure that what I'm struggling to install is actually going to do what I want. Even so I have looked through the contents of bx-python to try to find some help or documentation, which I can't find. I read on another wiki issue that there is a help function for at least one of the functions. It seems though that I must first run the function to get there?
Anyway my point is that bx-tools is very inaccessible for me. I don't think an extensive documentation would be necessary, but a little more information on what tools are available, what they each do (or maybe the highlights of the most popular ones) and how to use them (are they modules you import, or do you run them straight from the command prompt). I really think that would also help me and others to decide if the tools are useful for them and whether it's worth going to the trouble of installing them which may require troubleshooting.
Perhaps there's not an interest in expanding the number of users, or people like me should just go back to galaxy, but I have been using a number of other tools similar to bx-python, such as biopython, bedtools, cgatools, without any problem thanks to just a bit more documentation. There are a growing number of us 'inbetweeners' learning bioninformatics and programming on the job, going beyond galaxy but not fluent yet. I would appreciate a little assistance!
Apologies for the long post and I hope its not too inappropriate.