Importance of Computer Programming in Bioinformatics

Bioinformatics combines Biotechnology and
Information Technology. Bioinformatics mainly involves computerizing biodata, whether it be from biotechnology or any other biological
science. It deals with many different subjects such as chemistry, mathematics,
statistics, or computers and different kinds of programming languages like C, C++,
Java and Oracle.

Now, to be a good programmer in
bioinformatics, a person should be good at programming skills. Many computer
languages help creating effective software that help solve many biological problems computationally.

Now, looking towards the programming
skills, the languages that come into mind with bioinformatics programmer are C,
C++, Java, Oracle, Visual Basic, Perl and Python. These are the main
programming languages which can be used effectively to develop software as
an effective tool for a particular biological problem.

C and C++ are the basic programming
languages and they should be studied before doing other programming languages.
But C and C++ are not actually preferred because they are not good in presenting a graphical view. The main
use of Java is that it can produce graphical applets as well as for usage
on internet. So, this is also a very good programming language for developing
tools and software. Visual basic is mainly used for only developing software.
It is easy to code for visual basic in VBScript.

Much bioinformatic work is accomplished with
Perl and Python. Perl is a very good bioinformatics tool as it tackles strings very well, and it’s good at
pattern matching. This programming language also helps making online projects
as it easily embeds with ASP and JSP, which are used to build active web pages.
Python is a general purpose and high level programming language. It supports
multi programming paradigms. As a scripting language, Python has been successfully embedded in a number
of software products.

If
you have a background in science, or specialty biology science, it would
greatly help. Even if you do not have it, but have a high skill in programming,
it would be easy for you to learn the biological terms by looking at online
websites such Wikipedia.