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Bioinformatics Programming in Python: A Practical Course for Beginners



Bioinformatics Programming in Python: A Practical Course for Beginners

Ruediger-Marcus Flaig

ISBN: 978-3-527-64490-2 October 2011 Wiley-Blackwell 428 Pages


This first introductory book designed to train novice programmers is based on a student course taught by the author, and has been optimized for biology students without previous experience in programming.
By interspersing theory chapters with numerous small and large programming exercises, the author quickly shows readers how to do their own programming, and throughout uses anecdotes and real-life examples from the biosciences to 'spice up' the text.
This practical book thus teaches essential programming skills for life scientists who want -- or need -- to write their own bioinformatics software tools.
Classification of Programming Languages
Getting the Materials: Python program and documentation
Variables, Data Types, Assignments
Flow Control
Worked Example #1
Functions and Procedures
Worked Example #2
The Object-oriented World
Worked Example #3
Top-down Versus Bottom-up Strategies
Worked Example #4
Sorting and Searching
Welcome to the Library
Programming Exercise: Trimethizing a File
Dealing with Errors
Programming Exercise: Generating a Restriction Map
Advanced Techniques in Python
Programming Exercise: Python goes PCR