This may be a completely naive question. But having seen multiple questions answered in a flash using the tables generated by Pierre (http://bit.ly/ibz71P)and others by querying UCSC using sql, I just had to ask this one. There was even mention of using DAS server by Pierre in one thread(http://bit.ly/hKDlr0). However, it was not explained in detail since the OP was also a very advanced user. Yes, it is very neat, super cool, but will you be kind to explain it?
How do I set up mySQL to get UCSC data, for e.g. like the coordinates of genes, or other annotations. The UCSC Help page is somewhat useful, but lacks the starting point of configuring it.
Would be very helpful to see a short tutorial including the installation of mySQL, configuration and finally performing a simple query and exporting results. Also realize that this is a quite broad request with no mention of OS or softwares etc.,
Like I mentioned, if this seems like a dumb request, kindly ignore/delete.