Camelia, the Perl 6 bug

IRC log for #bioperl, 2013-03-20

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17:36 carandraug I was asking on the department next door why don't they use perl but bioperl. I'm getting responses like "I prefer to write my own code so I know what it does"
17:37 carandraug I don't get it. They use perl's grep and map, not their own for loops, and other programs to make alignments for example. They are already using code written by others
17:38 carandraug do you guys sense this mistrust from other bioinformaticians?
17:41 carandraug that and the weird interface (they not used to objects0 are basically the main reasons why they don't use it
17:53 rbuels carandraug: i wouldn't waste time arguing with them, you'll never convince them of anything
17:53 rbuels carandraug: actually, I find that you can pretty much never convince anybody of anything involving code
18:06 carandraug rbuels, the point was not convincing them. It was finding out why they don't use, and try to fix it. I imagined it would make a good project but I imagined the issue would have been a missing feature, or speed.
18:08 carandraug there's people there writing their own parsers of fasta file, using some bash black magic to split it when it's too large, or they only want one of the sequences. My boss writes python not perl, but also does not use biopython
18:34 deafferret rbuels: i find your argument unconvincing
18:35 deafferret carandraug: my experience in academia was that everyone was afraid to use anything they couldn't master quickly. fear of not looking like experts
18:35 deafferret carandraug: so it was always using trivial-to-learn tools, or do-it-yourself
18:36 deafferret basically the opposite of a modern computer programmer mentality, where you just kind of get used to sucking at, and being unfamiliar with, most things most of the time
18:36 deafferret cause there's a million new things Cool this year
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