Bio::Tools::Run::AnalysisFactory(3) A directory of analysis tools


# list all available analyses from the default location,
# using a default (SOAP) access method
use Bio::Tools::Run::AnalysisFactory;
my $list = Bio::Tools::Run::AnalysisFactory->new();
use Data::Dumper; print Dumper ($list);
# ditto, but from a different location
use Bio::Tools::Run::AnalysisFactory;
my $list =
Bio::Tools::Run::AnalysisFactory->new(-location => 'http://somewhere/something')
# ...and using a different access method
# (this example is not yet impelmented)
use Bio::Tools::Run::AnalysisFactory;
my $list =
Bio::Tools::Run::AnalysisFactory->new(-location => 'http://somewhere/something',
-access => 'novella')
# list available categories of analyses
use Bio::Tools::Run::AnalysisFactory;
my $categories =
use Data::Dumper; print Dumper ($categories);
# show all analyses group by categories
use Bio::Tools::Run::AnalysisFactory;
my $factory = Bio::Tools::Run::AnalysisFactory->new();
foreach $cat ( @{ $factory->available_categories } ) {
my @sublist = @{ $factory->available_analyses ($cat) };
print "$cat:\n\t",
join ("\n\t", @{ $factory->available_analyses ($cat) }),
# create an analysis object
use Bio::Tools::Run::AnalysisFactory;
$service = Bio::Tools::Run::AnalysisFactory->new();
->create_analysis ('edit.seqret');
$service->run (


The module represents a list of available analysis tools from a given location using a given access method. Additionally, for any of the available analyses, it can create an object of type "Bio::Tools::Run::Analysis".

The module is a higher-level abstraction whose main job is to load a 'real-work-doing' implementation. Which one is used, it depends on the "-access" parameter. The same design is used here as for "Bio::Tools::Run::Analysis" module.

There is available a SOAP access to almost all EMBOSS applications, running at European Bioinformatics Institute.

The documentation of all "public" methods are to be found in "Bio::Factory::AnalysisI".


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Martin Senger ([email protected])


Copyright (c) 2003, Martin Senger and EMBL-EBI. All Rights Reserved.

This module is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.


This software is provided ``as is'' without warranty of any kind.


Here is the rest of the object methods. Internal methods are preceded with an underscore _.


 Usage   : my $factory =
             Bio::Tools::Run::AnalysisFactory->new(-access => 'soap',
                                                   -location => 'http://...');
 Returns : a new Bio::Tools::Run::AnalysisFactory object representing a list
           of available analyses
 Args    : There may be additional arguments which are specific
           to the access method (see methods 'new' or '_initialize'
           of the access-specific implementations (such as module
           Bio::Tools::Run::AnalysisFactory::soap for a SOAP-based access).
           The recognised and used arguments are:

It builds, populates and returns a new "Bio::Tools::Run::AnalysisFactory" object. This is how it is seen from the outside. But in fact, it builds, populates and returns a more specific lower-level object, for example "Bio::Tools::Run::AnalysisFactory::soap" object - which one it is it depends on the "-access" parameter.

It indicates what lower-level module to load. Default is 'soap'. Other (but future) possibilities are:

   -access => 'novella'
   -access => 'local'
A location of the service. The contents is access-specific (see details in the lower-level implementation modules).

Default is "" (there are services running at European Bioinformatics Institute on top of most of EMBOSS analyses, and on some others).

In addition to the location parameter, you may need to specify also a location/URL of an HTTP proxy server (if your site requires one). The expected format is "http://server:port". There is no default value. It is also an access-specific parameter which may not be used by all access methods.
For long(er) running jobs the HTTP connection may be time-outed. In order to avoid it (or, vice-versa, to call timeout sooner) you may specify "timeout" with the number of seconds the connection will be kept alive. Zero means to keep it alive forever. The default value is two minutes.


 Usage   : $class->_load_access_module ($access)
 Returns : 1 on success, undef on failure
 Args    : 'access' should contain the last part of the
           name of a module who does the real implementation

It does (in the run-time) a similar thing as

   require Bio::Tools::Run::AnalysisFactory::$access

It prints an error on STDERR if it fails to find and load the module (for example, because of the compilation errors in the module).


 Usage   : $class->_guess_access ($rh_params)
 Returns : string with a guessed access protocol (e.g. 'soap'),
           or undef if the guessing failed
 Args    : 'rh_params' is a hash reference containing parameters given
           to the 'new' method.

It makes an expert guess what kind of access/transport protocol should be used to access the underlying analysis. The guess is based on the parameters in rh_params. Rememeber that this method is called only if there was no -access parameter which could tell directly what access method to use.

VERSION and Revision

 Usage   : print $Bio::Tools::Run::AnalysisFactory::VERSION;
           print $Bio::Tools::Run::AnalysisFactory::Revision;