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March 1, 2011

I have to learn UNIX code.

I’ve been putting off learning computer programming for years.  It never seemed like something I needed to do – I’m a biology person, not a computer person.  It’s my job to go look at stuff under a microscope and see if it’s glowing green or crawling out of the dish yet.  If I needed something calculated, I could always get Excel to do it, or go find a computer person and make them do it for me.

But the modern era has finally caught up to me and I need to learn UNIX and Perl so I can handle some large sets of DNA sequences in the lab.  The experience has felt something like being airlifted into Japan with nothing but a granola bar and a compass.  But it could have been worse.  I could have needed to learn one of these languages:


Oh, by head.

Messing with your brain.


This one, on the other hand, makes an odd amount of sense:



One Comment leave one →
  1. April 4, 2012 9:35 AM

    I never heard of “Unix code”… Unix is an Operating System, not a programming language.

    And Perl is actually a pretty cool programming language, so I think that you’re actually lucky to ‘have’ to learn it – it’s one of the best.

    I don’t know Perl personally, but I’ve heard good things from top people. ᵔᵜᵔ

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