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Re: RFC: Text Processing for Chemists Tutorial

by kvale (Monsignor)
on Jun 02, 2006 at 15:31 UTC ( #553317=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to RFC: Text Processing for Chemists Tutorial

This is a lot of information to absorb in just one hour. You are progressing from the simplest Unix commands to a web server. Chemistry students are bright, but I don't think anyone starting from complete ignorance of Unix, and perhaps programming, is going to be able to understand all of this in real time.

I taught a Perl for Bioinformatics class a few years ago that also was an intro to the Linux CLI. We had 10 hour long lectures anlong with 10 two hour labs. At the end of the course, most students could write simple programs, but mabye 10% managed to clue into Perl's real power. Especially at the very beginning, programming is hard.

So I'd recommend at the very least a handout of your talk (not in raw POD) so that they can play with your examples on their own. And for the first time regexer, I'd recommend perlrequick rather than perlretut. It is written more simply and is less overwhelming.


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Re^2: RFC: Text Processing for Chemists Tutorial
by davidrw (Prior) on Jun 02, 2006 at 15:52 UTC
    Yeah, it was definitely a lot... but the goal was exposure -- "there exists these set of commands to do your work for you" and not actually being able to talk the talk and go script stuff.

    Luckily the whole audience (~dozen) had at least basic linux/programming experience so it wasn't starting from "this is a prompt" or anything..
    They seemed to be following the two real-life chemistry data file examples at least..

    I used (my own hacked up version since it doesn't have much in terms of config options) Pod::Pdf to create a nice PDF version to print up for them.

    cool -- i actually didn't know about perlrequick -- i knew i'd learn something from replies to this post! :)

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