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Mastering Perl for Bioinformaticsby James D. Tisdall
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Historically, programming hasn't been considered a critical skill for biologists. But now, with access to vast amounts of biological data contained in public databases, programming skills are increasingly in strong demand in biology research and development. Perl, with its highly developed capacities in string handling, text processing, networking, and rapid prototyping, has emerged as the programming language of choice for biological data analysis.Mastering Perl for Bioinformatics covers the core Perl language and many of its module extensions, presenting them in the context of biological data and problems of pressing interest to the biological community. This book, along with Beginning Perl for Bioinformatics, forms a basic course in Perl programming. This second volume finishes the basic Perl tutorial material (references, complex data structures, object-oriented programming, use of modules--all presented in a biological context) and presents some advanced topics of considerable interest in bioinformatics.The range of topics covered in Mastering Perl for Bioinformatics prepares the reader for enduring and emerging developments in critical areas of bioinformatics programming such as:
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A companion volume to Beginning Perl for Bioinformatics, this guide covers advanced topics in Perl programming and relates them to biological research techniques. Among the topics discussed are modular and object-oriented programming, complex data structures, graphic and on-line presentations, and the Bioperl library of modules. Tisdall is a graduate student in computer science at the University of Pennsylvania.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This book, along with "Beginning Perl for Bioinformatics, " forms a basic course in Perl programming. It covers core Perl language and many of its module extensions.
About the Author
James Tisdall has worked as a musician, a programmer at Bell Labs (where he programmed for speech research and discovered a formal language for musical rhythm), and as a bioinformaticist at Mercator Genetics in Menlo Park, California, and at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. He has a B.A. in mathematics from the City College of New York and an M.S. in computer science from Columbia University; he is working towards a Ph.D. in computer science at the University of Pennsylvania. In his spare time, Jim teaches computer music at the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia. He is also the author of O'Reilly's Beginning Perl for Bioinformatics.
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