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Provided by: Graduate School of Life Sciences

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Bioinformatics: An Introduction to Solving Biological Problems with PERL


This course is aimed at those new to programming and provides an introduction to programming using Perl. By the end of this course, attendees should be able to write simple Perl programs and to understand more complex Perl programs written by others. The course will be taught using the online Learning Perl materials created by Sofia Robb of the University of California Riverside. Further information is available.

The Course Web Site providing links to the course materials is here.

Please note that if you are not eligible for a University of Cambridge Raven account you will need to book by linking here.

Target audience
  • No prior programming experience is required
  • Those attending should be able to use a plain text editor
  • The course will be delivered in a UNIX environment. A very basic knowledge of UNIX would be an advantage. Nothing will be assumed, extremely little will be required. Several, more than sufficient, on-line primers are suggested in the main Course Description page.
Topics covered
  • Lesson 01 - Perl script skeleton
  • Lesson 02 - Variables: scalars, arrays, and hashes
  • Lesson 03 - Assigning Values to Scalar Variables
  • Lesson 04 - Array Assignment
  • Lesson 05 - Accessing elements of an array
  • Lesson 06 - Reassigning elements of an array
  • Lesson 07 - Hash Assignment
  • Lesson 08 - Accessing elements of a hash
  • Lesson 09 - Reassigning elements of a hash
  • Lesson 10 - String functions and operators
  • Lesson 11 - Numeric Operators and functions
  • Lesson 12 - Truth and conditional statements
  • Lesson 13 - Loops
  • Lesson 14 - Loop Control
  • Lesson 15 - Array Functions
  • Lesson 16 - Hash Functions
  • Lesson 17 - Sort with arrays and hashes
  • Lesson 18 - User/Command-line input
  • Lesson 19 - Sanity checks and testing
  • Lesson 20 - Files and File handles
  • Lesson 21 - References and multidimensional data structures
  • Lesson 22 - Regular Expressions
  • Lesson 23 - Subroutines or Custom functions
  • Lesson 24 - System Calls
  • To enable bench scientists with no previous programming background to write simple PERL scripts and to understand and edit slightly more complex scripts

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