[Bioperl-l] The Power of R

Chris Fields cjfields at illinois.edu
Wed Jan 7 10:49:52 EST 2009

I agree completely.  On an ironic note (quoted from 'Programming Perl'):

External Testing
Modules uploaded to CPAN are tested by a variety of volunteers on  
different platforms. These CPAN testers are notified by mail of each  
new upload, and reply to the list with PASS, FAIL, NA (not applicable  
to this platform), or UNKNOWN (unknown), along with any relevant  
notations. You can find the mailing list for CPAN testers at cpan-testers at perl.org 
; test results are posted at http://testers.cpan.org/.

That's all just the preliminary testing, of course. The real testing  
begins when someone plugs your little module into a web server that's  
cranking out a million pages a day. Or uses your module to help design  
the airplane you'll be riding in someday soon.

So go ahead, skip writing those pesky little tests. See if we care...


On Jan 7, 2009, at 8:14 AM, Mark A. Jensen wrote:

> Quote from article:
> "I think it addresses a niche market for high-end data analysts that  
> want free, readily available code," said Anne H. Milley, director of  
> technology product marketing at SAS. She adds, "We have customers  
> who build engines for aircraft. I am happy they are not using  
> freeware when I get on a jet."
> Ignoring for the moment that avionics is probably in the 'high-end'  
> category, I'm wondering how much "freeware" (ahem..) is controlling  
> mission-critical operations around the world.
> I would choose "freeware" by Venables, Ihaka, and Gentleman (not to  
> mention, say, Wall...) over bloated, slow, overpriced, etc etc etc,  
> anyday. Hey, in fact I do!
> (Thanks for the oppy to vent.)
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Chris Fields" <cjfields at illinois.edu 
> >
> To: "Mark A. Jensen" <maj at fortinbras.us>
> Cc: <bioperl-l at lists.open-bio.org>
> Sent: Wednesday, January 07, 2009 12:04 AM
> Subject: Re: [Bioperl-l] The Power of R
>> Now if we can only get a decent Perl-R interface which isn't a PITA  
>> to install...
>> chris
>> On Jan 6, 2009, at 9:33 PM, Mark A. Jensen wrote:
>>> So says the New York Times:
>>> http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/07/technology/business-computing/07program.html
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