Write a Script. Win a Nano.

Help MacResearch.org expand its Script Repository and you could win a black 2GB iPod Nano. Eligible contestants must submit a research-oriented script that can run natively (no emulators) on Mac OS X 10.3 or higher without modification before the contest end date. Scripts for all scientific domains are welcome including scripts used in High Performance Computing (grid, cluster, etc.) setup and management. If your script does not meet the aforementioned criteria then you will not be eligible to win the iPod Nano. Winners will be chosen by random drawing. The contest begins 2/8/2006 and ends 2/28/2006. Many of you likely have a "junk drawer" of scripts lying around and although you think they wouldn't be useful to someone else you are most likely mistaken. If you're hesitant to submit a script because you are unsure about your coding skills, I still urge you to participate in the contest because at best, someone will find your script very useful, and at worst the community will offer suggestions on how your code can be improved. The ultimate goal of this contest, and the script repository in general, is to create a valuable community resource that can be used to benefit endeavors in research and education.

Official Rules:
Eligible entrants must submit a script to the MacResearch.org Script Repository using the script submission form available through MacResearch.org (see http://www.macresearch.org/script_repository). The submitter becomes eligible for the drawing when their script is approved by the MacResearch.org executive committee and published in the public Script Repository. 
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native script?

What does a script that can run natively (no emulators) on Mac OS X mean? Almost by definition scripts are not native and run in interpreters.

Good question

I suppose that was a somewhat confusing choice of words, but what that means is that you can't require the use of Virtual PC or some similar software to run the script. Since scripting languages are interpreted this means that the script interpreter/VM must be able to run under OS X natively (PPC, universal binary, etc). Does this address your question?

External dependencies ?

Does it matter if scripts submitted have external dependencies on
libraries such as BioPython (which installs on the Mac just fine) ?

External dependencies

As long as you include details of what is required I'd vote for including them


External dependencies allowed

The sentence about the script being "native" was really just there to prevent people from submitting scripts that require the use of VirtualPC or similar software. If your script relies on a framework that's available for OS X then this is definitely allowed and you are encouraged to submit your script. Just post information on obtaining BioPython in the instructions to make it easy for novice users.