Programmers for scientific software? - How do I start?

Stephane Bortzmeyer bortzmeyer at pasteur.fr
Mon Feb 15 05:49:59 EST 1999


In article <79teun$k51 at bgtnsc03.worldnet.att.net>,
 sleepguy at att.net (John G. Gilligan) writes:

> I would like to know if anyone can give me any hints as to how to break into 
> the field of computer programming for scientific software?

Write programs, put them under the GPL <http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html> 
and give them away? Soon, all the major corporations will call you :-) 
 
> I just got my masters degree in Cell Biology (on top of a BS in Chemistry) and 
> I've taken courses (no work experience) in C++, Visual C++ and Visual Basic 
> (which seem to be the languages of choice these days). 

This is not obvious at all. Most of the programs currently in use are
written in C, many people work with Perl <http://bio.perl.org/> or 
Python.

> Therefore, since I like working with computers, I want to write software for 
> scientific programs - like those that search DNA databases, do structural 
> modeling, etc...

We have a course which is exactly for people like you 
<http://www.pasteur.fr/formation/infobio-uk.html>.

> I've applied for a number of positions as a programmer, but most places want 
> 3-4 years worth of programming experience before they even look at your 
> resume...

See my first point. It was half-serious.


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