Bioinformatic Programming in Perl - OS X versus Linux

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by Borjan, Oct 19, 2008.

  1. Borjan macrumors regular

    Sep 28, 2004
    Hi there.

    I am about to take an introduction to bioinformatic programming module for my university course.

    I have never done any programming before, but think I have quite a logical brain and am good enough with computers, so I thought I would give it a go!

    My course states that we will be using linux to program, I have no problem with this, I was going to put windows on my new Macbook anyway, so a linux partition wouldn't be too much hassle (I hope, haven't really looked into it). BUT, I see that Perl is included in OS X... could I just stay 'Mac-native' for my programming?

    Any benefits? I realise that you may need to know more about what it is that I'll be actually doing, but I don't know that either! :eek:
  2. Cromulent macrumors 603


    Oct 2, 2006
    The Land of Hope and Glory
    Same thing pretty much. No need to install Linux. Mac OS X is BSD Unix.
  3. Nugget macrumors 65816


    Nov 24, 2002
    Houston Texas USA
    Perl is Perl is Perl. You'll be fine in native OS X.
  4. mobilehaathi macrumors G3


    Aug 19, 2008
    The Anthropocene
    You'll be good with OSX. No need to install a third OS on a separate partition. If anything download VirtualBox and your favorite Linux distribution, and you can go virtual.
  5. Borjan thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 28, 2004
    Thanks guys!

    Saves me using up the 10gb or so linux partition.. now just to fill it with more crap!

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