Getting started with C

I learned Perl as my first language as it was the language of choice in the first lab I joined. Over the years I've heard many criticisms, such as Perl code looks ugly and its motto "There's more than one way to do it" allows too much flexibility. I particularly like this description of Perl:

Perl would be Voodoo - An incomprehensible series of arcane incantations that involve the blood of goats and permanently corrupt your soul. Often used when your boss requires you to do an urgent task at 21:00 on friday night.

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Reading the early release of "Bioinformatics Data Skills"

2014 August 11th: I noticed that some people are coming across this post by googling "bioinformatics data skills pdf". IMHO, this book is well worth the 40 dollars (price of the ebook) and I'm sure the author went through a lot of hard work to get it published, so please compensate him for his work.

This is going to be the first ever book commentary I've written that isn't for a school assignment (and also the first on this blog). I felt compelled to write it because I could relate to many of the issues highlighted in the early release version of the "Bioinformatics Data Skills" book and I wanted to share my thoughts. Just like in school, I wasn't aptly suited to review (nor deeply appreciate) classics such as "Lord of the Flies" or "Brave New World" but I could offer my interpretation based on what I gathered. Similarly, I'm not a bioinformatics expert but I can provide my thoughts on the book, for what it's worth.

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