[Bioperl-l] Resources for Perl newbies

Chris Fields cjfields at illinois.edu
Mon Mar 16 10:27:30 EDT 2009

Don't forget the very useful (shout out to Dave M!) Deobfuscator:



On Mar 16, 2009, at 7:56 AM, Mark A. Jensen wrote:

> Hi All-
> I thought that I would run down a couple of nice resources
> full of friendly patient folk for biologists new to Perl. While
> many of us are happy to chime in on Perl-specific questions,
> this list is mainly for questions that relate directly to
> BioPerl modules, or difficulties/ideas for applying those
> modules to specific tasks. Since BioPerl is written at a
> high level in sometimes terse code, the new perler jumping
> in is apt to stumble. No problem--just have a look at some
> of the following:
> http://learn.perl.org/faq/beginners.html
> - here you can find excellent links, plus directions for signing up
>   to
> http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.beginners/,
> a newsgroup devoted to questions at all levels
> Extremely sane, erudite, helpful, and patient responses can be had at
> http://www.perlmonks.org/
> where there are perl resources for all user levels. When I
> google an error message, and see a perlmonks link, that's
> the one I click first (unless Hilmar appears in the links, of
> course).
> I've found that the best way to learn any language and
> make it stay learned is to work through a smarter/more
> experienced person's code. There are plenty of opportunities
> for that in the BioPerl distributions. Wondering about that
> error? Read the error message, which contains the line number
> in the module that threw it, then open that module and dig in!
> Another great resource for seeing how the developers expect
> their modules to work are the regression tests, found in the
> ../t directories of the BioPerl distribution directory (find it
> at the Subversion repository:
> http://code.open-bio.org/svnweb/index.cgi/bioperl/browse/bioperl-live/trunk/t.)
> These are just Perl programs; nothing scary about them.
> Another repos directory of interest is "examples":
> http://code.open-bio.org/svnweb/index.cgi/bioperl/browse/bioperl-live/trunk/examples
> where many many examples of BioPerl module use reside.
> And don't forget the many introductory resources on the
> BioPerl wiki (http://www.bioperl.org/wiki), including the
> HOWTOs (http://www.bioperl.org/wiki/HOWTO) and
> the Scrapbook (http://www.bioperl.org/wiki/Category:Scrapbook).
> There are many short and simple code snippets in these places.
> Happy Coding-
> Mark
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