Perl for Bioinformatics

Author: Arun Jagota
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ISBN: 0970029721
Publisher: Bioinformatics By The Bay Press (15 January, 2001)
Edition: Paperback
Sales Rank: 114,555
Average Customer Rating: 2.25 out of 5

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Rating: 1 out of 5
What can Perl be used for in bioinformatics?
This is a brief introduction to some of the things that one can do in Perl; it lacks scope and has few useful examples, but gives a flavor for what is available. It needs some programming experience to get much out of it.


Rating: 2 out of 5
At best, an extremely pricey handbook
Although the editorial review claims that Perl for Bioinformatics "introduces Perl to the bio/computer scientist interested in or working in bioinformatics," this is really a bit of a misnomer. While it does contain a decent quantity of useful, relevant reference information for a bioinformatics student, the (dollar) price tag is far too high. Furthermore, no real introduction to Perl is found in the book, save the preface in pp. 4-5--that is to say, some basic knowledge of Perl will be an absolute requirement. As a student, I would personally lean toward any of the excellent O'Reilly bioinformatics and/or Perl books myself; they are well written, contain much of the same relevant information with additional explanations, and at a much lower price per page. Bottom line: You may find Perl for Bioinformatics useful as a pocket reference guide, but it is probably not worth the astronomical price.


Rating: 1 out of 5
too short to be really useful
Look at other general intro books on Perl, and ask yourself: how much useful stuff can any human cram into a 43-page book for beginners? The answer is: not much. I see very little sense in investing in this tiny book.

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