Filmed Perl API Workshop
Ensembl runs API workshops worldwide, and here we have made one available online. You will find a collection of video lectures from the 'Ensembl API workshop' that took place at EMBL-EBI 22nd-24th May 2013, using Ensembl version 71. The exercises associated with the workshop are included to carry out at your leisure.
Who is this course for?
This is an intermediate to advanced level course and requires some familiarity with Ensembl and the ability to program in Perl. We won’t teach you how to code in this course, just how to use your existing coding knowledge to access Ensembl data. If you would like an introduction to Ensembl then we recommend watching our Ensembl Browser Webinar Series.
What will I achieve?
By the end of the course you will be able to:
- Describe how data are organised in the Ensembl database
- Describe how Ensembl assigns objects and methods
- Navigate the API Doxygen documentation
- Write Perl scripts that query the Ensembl database for various different kinds of data
What resources do I need?
- How to take this course
- Installing the Perl API
- Compara trees
- Compara alignments
- Your feedback
- Get help and support on the Ensembl Perl API
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