[Bioperl-l] Request for advice and pointers on a project to h
elp biologists d o simple formatting and analysis
akarger at CGR.Harvard.edu
Thu Mar 10 10:14:01 EST 2005
Stefan Kirov wrote [responding to Andreas]:
> Allow me disagree. My understanding is this project is more
> about making biologist "computational hungry" rather than
> creating effective applications from a computation point of view.
> So I think it is more of
> an outreach project (did I get this right Amir).
Well, not quite. I absolutely want these tools to be useful, but I don't
expect them to solve all problems. On the other hand, there is definitely
the potential that the scripts will:
1. Provide very useful examples that biologists can "tweak". This is much
easier than writing programs from scratch, so it can provide a much less
threatening intro to programming.
2. Demonstrate to biologists that Perl is extremely useful.
> Bioperl. The next
> logical thing for any biologist who is starting to use the
> computer as
> something more than a typewriter is to use something like Bioperl,
> because it is quite easy to understand and use (in many cases anyway).
Absolutely. Don't get me wrong: if we could convince everyone on Earth to
learn Perl, I'd be thrilled. And for every experimental biologist to learn
Bioperl. I'm a big fan. It's just that a lot of people don't have the time
or will to learn programming.
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