Bioinformatics Programming in Python: A Practical Course for Beginners

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 31, 2008 - Medical - 418 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

A Classification of Programming Languages
11
Propedeutics
61
Variables Data Types and Assignments
73
Flow Control
105
Full Impact
143
Functions and Procedures
153
Your Most Expensive Pocket Calculator
181
The Objectoriented World
187
Some Thoughts on Compression and Checksums
287
Dealing with Errors
311
Generating a Restriction Map
321
Advanced Techniques in Python
337
Python goes PCR
347
A Gathering of Languages
359
Facing up to Python3000
377
Anna will Return
395

Prime Numbers
243
Sorting and Searching
261
Welcome to the Library
269
Trithemizing a File
277
Glossary
401
Index
407
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About the author (2008)

Rüdiger–Marcus Flaig studied Biology at the University of Heidelberg (Germany) where he obtained a Sc.D. degree, followed by a Ph.D. degree from the German Cancer Research Center. After postdoctoral work at the Universities of Gießen and Heidelberg he trained as a patent attorney and is now handling biotech patent applications for the European Patent Office in Munich. From 2003 to 2005 he developed and repeatedly taught a course on bioinformatics programming for biology students.

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