Bioinformatics on the web, Mailund on the Internet.

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While I’m recommending weblogs you might not have heard about, check out Mailund on the Internet. The tag line is “computer science, bioinformatics, genetics, and everything in between.” For a taste, here are his posts on association metholodiges.

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  1. Thank’s for the recommendation! When I logged in this morning, I was a bit surprised that the number of hits on my site for the first seven hours of today was as high as it typically is at the end of the day, and I noticed that all the traffic came from here, so this is recommendation that matters ;-) Thanks an lot!

  2. Thomas, 
     
    As someone who is finishing up C++ training I have to ask: is C++ the best for Bioinformatics work? I hear constantly of Python

  3. Michael, I personally use mainly C++, Python and R, each for different purposes. Of these, C++’s main strength is speed. It is also better for larger projects than R, I think, but Python’s module system is just as great. I wouldn’t recommend C++ as a “bioinformatics” language of choice. It depends a bit on what kind of work you think you will be doing, but C++ is a difficult language to use, and for most bioinformatics tasks you do not really need the speed it provides. You are better off with something like Python for the typical scripting work. But, again, it depends so much on what kind of problems you try to solve, so there really isn’t any particular language that is better than others, it always depends on the problem. Pick one you like, but try to learn a few more over time and then pick the right language for the task whenever you start on a new problem. That would be my advice.

  4. It depends a bit on what kind of work you think you will be doing, but C++ is a difficult language to use, and for most bioinformatics tasks you do not really need the speed it provides. You are better off with something like Python for the typical scripting work.  
     
    not just bioinformatics i would say.

  5. Razib, I agree that the need for speed is not particularly bioinformatics specific. Really, there is nothing bioinformatics specific in what I wrote; it is always a good idea to know several languages and pick the right one for the task at hand, and rarely is speed the essential feature to worry about. Sometimes it is, but then it is for a very small part of the task.

  6. right. and a scripting language can be good for prototyping real quickly; if you need some speed, rewrite it later into a lower level language….

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