[Bioperl-l] Announcing The Quantified Onion Google Group and perl4science.github.com

David Mertens dcmertens.perl at gmail.com
Tue Jul 17 08:57:55 EDT 2012

Hello everybody -

I returned from YAPC::NA this year intending to build-up the scientific
Perl community. One outgrowth of this has been Joel Berger's creation of
perl4science.github.com and gizmomathboy's creation of The Quantified Onion
Google Group<https://groups.google.com/forum/#%21forum/the-quantified-onion>

perl4science is meant to be a landing page for anybody looking to combine
Perl and science. Since it is a github repository, it makes it about as
easy as possible for others to contribute content or fixes. If you have a
project that scientists would find useful, you should fork the project, add
your content, and issue a pull request. It's that easy.

The Quantified Onion is meant to be a space for scientists to discuss how
we use Perl in our science and to work together to grow adoption of Perl
among scientists. It will undoubtedly attract newcomers to Perll asking
beginner questions, at which point we will gently refer them to the
appropriate manual pages. Interesting discussions thus far (in my mind)
include a discussion about teaching test-driven design and a discussion
about submitting an article to Computing in Science and Engineering for
their November Issue, which is supposed to be about Modern Programming
Languages. I would like to begin putting on workshops on Perl for
Scientists and Engineers (and encourage others to do that same), and I will
begin the discussion on The Quantified Onion.

If you know of other Perl science resources, please feel free to add them
to perl4science or post them on The Quantified Onion, and please join The
Quantified Onion. Together, we can grow Perl's adoption among scientists!

David Mertens

 "Debugging is twice as hard as writing the code in the first place.
  Therefore, if you write the code as cleverly as possible, you are,
  by definition, not smart enough to debug it." -- Brian Kernighan

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