December 2016 Archives

Closures, alternatives, map in Perl 6

In a script I recently wrote, I employed a few features of Perl 6 that I'd like to highlight. I'm using Mash to create a distance matrix of samples (usually metagenomes or genomes) to each other, either in a complete pair-wise fashion or some set (like the Pacific Ocean Virome) to some new set of samples.

The output of Mash is a tab-delimited file. The first line contains the column headers, and the first co…

The MAIN Thing

If you're coming to Perl 6 from Perl 5, the global variable @*ARGS will be familiar to you as the place to get the command-line arguments to your program:

$ cat main1.pl6
#!/usr/bin/env perl6

put "ARGS = ", @*ARGS.join(', ');
$ ./main1.pl6 foo bar baz
ARGS = foo, bar, baz

The @ is the sigil that denotes the variable as an array, and the * is the "twigle" that denotes t…

About Ken Youens-Clark

user-pic I work for Dr. Bonnie Hurwitz at the University of Arizona where I use Perl quite a bit in bioinformatics and metagenomics. I am also trying to write a book at Comments welcome.