Bioinformatic Programming in Perl - OS X versus Linux

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

  1. Borjan macrumors regular

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    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

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    Same thing pretty much. No need to install Linux. Mac OS X is BSD Unix.
     
  3. Nugget macrumors 65816

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    Perl is Perl is Perl. You'll be fine in native OS X.
     
  4. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    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

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    Thanks guys!

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

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