[Bioperl-l] Comparison between bioperl and biopython?

Jason Stajich jason at bioperl.org
Tue Dec 29 11:49:20 EST 2009

Are you asking for the purposes of choosing a toolkit for your work or  
just curious about the advantages/disadvantages of language choice?

On Dec 29, 2009, at 8:08 AM, Peng Yu wrote:

> May I ask somebody who are versitile in both bioperl and biopython
> comment on the pros and cons of bioperl and biopython? I'm sending
> this email to both bioperl and biopython mailing lists. But I hope
> that it will not result in any contention.
> I assume that the functionality between bioperl or biopython is the
> same, i.e., tasks can be done in bioperl can be done biopython and
> vice versa, as both libraries have been out there over 10 years.
> Please correct me if my understanding is not true.
> Given that a task that can be done with either bioperl or biopython,
> I, in particularly, want to know how long it will take to write the
> code for the task in bioperl and biopython, with the same readability
> requirement (see below) and the assumption that users have the same
> fluency in perl and python.
> python is claimed to be good for maintainability. But perl is
> criticized for there-are-many-ways-for-a-given-task. Since there are
> multiple ways in perl, let us assume that we always use perl in a
> readable way.
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Jason Stajich
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