[BiO BB] Python or Perl

Xue, Li lixue at iastate.edu
Sun Jan 21 10:14:37 EST 2007

  Look at this book on Perl: 

Learning Perl, 3rd Edition,  By Randal L. Schwartz and Tom Phoenix (This is
an excellent introduction book for persons who have never used Perl in their 


> On 1/14/07, tim <timmcilveen at talktalk.net> wrote:
> > Hi,
> > I am a final year Molecular Sciences student (chemistry and molecular
> > biology) and am trying to teach myself some bioinformatics programming.
> > My history is in Basic from years ago. Because of this, I find Python a
> > bit easier to understand. Having said this, is biopython widely used, or
> > would I be as well persevering with learning Perl, and then bioperl
> > which seems to have  a bigger following?
> >
> Here's my 2 cents: you'll find more books for Perl. As a beginner,
> that's important. If I were you, I would look at Perl. You want to
> learn by examples.
>  There's also more of a tradition in Perl, I believe (but tradition is
> meaningless).
> > Just one more question. Are most people involved in bioinformatics
> > programming  working in industry/academia , are are there  people
> > involved in open access , internet based projects? - just curious!
> >
> > Tim
> >
> I only know people from academia. Never heard of open access, internet
> based projects. This probably has to do with the fact that
> bioinformatics tries to tackle problems with real biological/medical
> significance. Usually, you work in a team with biologists or doctors.
> Cheers,
> Henry
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Xue, Li
Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Iowa State University, Ames, IA  50011

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