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!