[Chimera-users] Reading Chimera source ...?

Elaine Meng meng at cgl.ucsf.edu
Sat Nov 15 08:45:00 PST 2014

Hi Boris,
We recommend sending Chimera programming questions to chimera-dev at cgl.ucsf.edu.

In the meanwhile, this recent general post might help somewhat:

Elaine C. Meng, Ph.D.                       
UCSF Computer Graphics Lab (Chimera team) and Babbitt Lab
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
University of California, San Francisco

On Nov 14, 2014, at 8:27 PM, Boris Steipe <boris.steipe at utoronto.ca> wrote:

> Hi -
> I'm new to writing Chimera code; I've started poking around in the sample scripts and the modules but and I find it a bit slow to find my way around. For example I would like to perform some simple calculations on the coordinates of a set of selected atoms, and I see many functions that take a "sel" argument, but I can't seem to find documentation on exactly what that argument is expected to contain, or the function that would return such a selection list (is it even a list) of objects. I'm sure if I spend more time, through trial and error and dir() and grep, I'll eventually figure it out, but I wonder if there isn't a more principled approach - a document on the big picture of how the code is structured, and/or a searchable list of all functions? What's the best strategy to start reading and coding Chimera scripts?
> Thanks!
> Boris
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