So you're going to a GATK workshop, and you've been selected to participate in a hands-on session? Fantastic! We're looking forward to walking you through some exercises that will help you master the tools. However -- in order to make the best of the time we have together, we'd like to ask you to come prepared. Specifically, if the workshop hosts are not providing machines and you have been asked to bring your own laptop, please complete the following steps:
Note that if you are a Mac user, you may need to install Apple's XCode Tools, which are free but fairly large, so plan ahead because it can take a loooong time to download them if your connection is anything less than super-fast.
This will typically be provided by email two to three weeks before the date of the workshop.
At the start of the session, we'll give you handouts with a walkthrough of the session so you can follow along and take notes (highly recommended!).
With that, you should be all set. See you soon!