And She Gets Back Up

// October 7th, 2009 // Blog

Oh, happy day! Alhamdulillah, today rocked. The lecture itself wasn't exactly super-stimulating; it was just a basic introduction to the various programming languages that we'll be trained in over the next three months: Perl, Python and… erm, Java, I think. It's what happened afterwards that made me grin ear-to-ear!

I asked the lecturer what his background was, expecting him to say Computer Science. But he's actually a Biologist-turned-Comp nerd, like I wanna be! I confessed to him that I had trouble with yesterday's lecture, which contained a lot of Maths; whereupon he confessed to me that his Maths is quite bad, too. And then, he said that the Bioinformatics service centre where he works, (i.e., the folks who help all the scientists on campus with their research projects), actually has a shortage of people with a good understanding of Biology, and skills in computing.

Yey! I may actually have a job at the end of this, inshā’Allāh. I am so sucking up to this guy; he might be my future boss! ;)

Seriously, I feel sooo much better today. I understood 99% of what he spoke about. In fact, only one slide didn't make sense, and it turns out there was a typo: so I wasn't going crazy, after all.

Day 3 of my course, we haven't actually touched a computer yet, and I pretty much already know what kind of Bioinformatician I want to be: the kind who doesn't have to deal with Maths! :))

5 Responses to “And She Gets Back Up”

  1. Manas Shaikh says:

    I’m also learning python. It’s supposed to be an awesomely versatile language. I’ll only be scratching the surface though.

  2. Manas Shaikh says:

    Oh, urm, by the way, I’m on the second fastert supercomputer in the world. Or sth like that. :P

  3. Manas Shaikh says:

    Wait a second! Perl and Java for scicomp? Never heard about it! Python (and C and Fortran of course) I know is extensively used. Java is used for visualization (or is that javascript? I never could get un-confused about the duo.)

  4. Buzzer says:

    OMG, another more nerd going into the field of computation.

    I spent 12 years of higher education in computing, but now I’m looking to get out :) Maybe I should consider a bio-field.

  5. Yousuf says:

    Awesome combo!!!

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