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October 14, 2005

The Bioperl Project

For those interested in bioinformatics and programming, there are several exciting projects going on that are interested to keep an eye out on or maybe even get involved with. One of the oldest ones is The Bioperl Project.

From their site:
'Officially organized in 1995 and existing informally for several years prior, The Bioperl Project is an international association of developers of open source Perl tools for bioinformatics, genomics and life science research.

Facilitated by the Open Bioinformatics Foundation we work closely with our friends and colleagues across many projects including biojava.org, biopython.org, DAS, bioruby.org, EnsEMBL and EMBOSS.

The Bioperl server provides an online resource for modules, scripts, and web links for developers of Perl-based software for life science research. We can also provide web, FTP and CVS space for individuals and organizations wishing to distribute or otherwise make freely available standalone scripts & code. '

January 16, 2004

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 :-)