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Perl and Bioinformatics

My favorite publisher, O'Reilly, recently released a new book on Perl and Bioinformatics. I've been lucky enough to get my hands on a copy. To make my life easier, I've dusted off my copy of Learning Perl and am starting there first.

Why Perl?

1. Open Source
2. Free
3. Great for working with text
4. There are lots of O'Reilly books about it

What am I up to? Well, since so much bioinformatics data is available online, and Perl is so commonly used in bioinformatics, it just seems natural to try using Flash for user interface and visualization of a Perl application. We'll see how it goes :-)


Sounds like an excellent plan to me! :)