Best programming language for biology students?
mahaffy at dordt.edu
Mon Apr 10 16:43:22 EST 1995
Can you give me a feel for what is the computer language that
most biology graduate students program in? When I was in grad school in
the late 70's it seemed that FORTRAN was still the most widely
used program. We have a course at the college that is an
introduction to programming that uses Basic and FORTRAN. There
seems to be less of a demand for the FORTRAN from our engineering
department and this next semester the course will emphasize
mostly BASIC (a structured basic - Visual Basic for Windows) in
the course. Should the Biology department push for keeping the
FORTRAN or is there another language that we should emphasize.
We do have a also have a C language course if that is the
direction the biologists are moving.
Any feedback would be appreciated.
James F. Mahaffy e-mail: mahaffy at dordt.edu
Biology Department phone: 712 722-6279
Dordt College FAX 712 722-1198
Sioux Center, Iowa 51250
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