That brings up a question I've been wondering about: Obviously we get a lot of questions about mining bioinformatics data, from people in that business who are trying to become Perl programmers in their spare time. (There's nothing wrong with that, of course, although when I started learning Perl, I started with "hello world," not "mine gigabytes of data for complex character patterns.")
So, with many bioinformatics folks doing it themselves, I figure there must be many more who would rather hire a programmer. I'd further guess that many wouldn't need a full-time person, just someone they can call to put together quick scripts. Is that what the pros here are seeing? Is there a large demand in the industry for Perl programmers? Would it make sense to study up on how the data works, to be able to promote oneself as a "bioinformatics data mining guy"?
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