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An introduction to scripting in Ruby for biologists

Authors
Journal
BMC Bioinformatics
1471-2105
Publisher
Springer (Biomed Central Ltd.)
Publication Date
Volume
10
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1186/1471-2105-10-221
Keywords
  • Correspondence
Disciplines
  • Computer Science

Abstract

The Ruby programming language has a lot to offer to any scientist with electronic data to process. Not only is the initial learning curve very shallow, but its reflection and meta-programming capabilities allow for the rapid creation of relatively complex applications while still keeping the code short and readable. This paper provides a gentle introduction to this scripting language for researchers without formal informatics training such as many wet-lab scientists. We hope this will provide such researchers an idea of how powerful a tool Ruby can be for their data management tasks and encourage them to learn more about it.

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