[Baypiggies] Bioinformatics Python Programmer

RYAN DELUCCHI bender at onsrc.com
Fri Oct 9 02:01:24 CEST 2009

My earlier ramblings were of a more general nature.  So, pardon me if  
I annoyed any fellow members of the scientific community.

If a job req. demands knowledge outside of software engineering or  
programming (e.g. Biology, Chemistry): my arguments no longer apply.   
It would be very rude indeed for me to say that understanding  
algorithmic analysis implies one could magically figure out the  
difference between DNA and tRNA, for example.

On the flip side, taking a biologist (for example) and "bringing them  
up to speed on software engineering" is equally non-trivial, depending  
of course what one means by "bringing them up to speed" :-)


> On Oct 8, 2009, at 8:34 PM, RYAN DELUCCHI wrote:
>> +1  I would argue that it rude to immediately dismiss a software  
>> engineer solely because he/she hasn't encountered a particular  
>> subclass of programming problems.
> As a reminder of the context, the questions from Glen (the OP) were  
> about biology and more specifically bioinformatics. They weren't  
> programming related but rather application domain related.
> If you start talking about taking a software engineer and bring them  
> up to speed on the science, then the relevant comparison is to take  
> a scientist and bring them up to speed on software engineering.
> Which do you think is easier? The latter is much more common in my  
> experience.

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