Practical Computing for Biologists
“Practical Computing for Biologists is a clear guide to methods that unlock the power of the personal computer … Although the breadth of subjects covered is certainly an asset of this volume, what really makes [the book] standout [sic] is how well the authors clearly describe each technique and its applicability to biological sciences. … a great launching point for any necessary further investigation of computational techniques.”
—Matthew Aiello-Lammens, The Quarterly Review of Biology
“The book covers a wide range of subjects that truly justifies the title of ‘practical computing.’ In addition to the usual programming-related topics, it also includes a thorough introduction to the programming environment, approaches to combining different programs together, a description of the basic text manipulation tools such as regular expressions, and even an introduction to dealing with digital art and images. As such the book is great value for the money, being at least three books in one.”
—Olga G. Troyanskaya, Cell
“My copy of Practical Computing for Biologists arrived last week, and I've been very impressed. It is a well-written, well-paced guide to basic computing skills for scientists and engineers of all stripes (not just biologists). … And it's beautifully produced: full-color printing and great graphical design make this book a joy to read. If I ever do turn Software Carpentry into a book, I might skip the topics PCB covers and just tell people to go and buy it.”
—Greg Wilson, software-carpentry.org
“When considering my research and use of time, this book has been the most important book I’ve read in the last year, perhaps the last decade. … Striking a perfect balance by guiding you through tutorials and nudging your own self-exploration, the book has just enough guided direction to not annoy or overwhelm. … this book helped (…and is still helping) me to do what I was doing before, but more efficiently.”
— Cyme & Cystidium (blog)
For the Student
Companion Website (practicalcomputing.org)
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For the Instructor (Available to Qualified Adopters)
Instructor's Resource Library
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