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May 15, 2008 (Vol. 28, No. 10)

Inforbiomatica

URL:www.moseshohman.com/blog
  • Great for programmers
  • Needs more breadth
Inforbiomatica is an interesting blog on software development. Hosted by Moses Hohman, the focus is primarily on bioinformatics and discussions are, not surprisingly, techie in nature. That may be putting it mildly. Let’s just say that if you’re not a programmer, you’ll probably have your head spinning as you look through the offerings of the site. Programmers have a language all their own, so it is useful for bioinformatics programmers to have a place to exchange ideas, such as here. Not everything is programming-related, though. Some of the posts are almost philosophical in nature. I liked the random category where he discusses the derivation of the word “meteorite;” in Korean it literally means star feces. As you can probably gather, there is a lot here to like, and archives dating back to 2004 are available for viewing. Worth a look-see, even if you’re not a programmer.
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