Favorite Rockstar Links

Circos- "Create concise, explanatory, unique and print-ready visualizations of your genomics data. circos - because round is good." This perl program makes up for its lack of a GUI with the beautiful diagrams it produces.
SGD- Anything you could ever want to know about the yeast genome.
Primer3- The best and easiest way to design PCR primers.

BioPerl - a package of bioinformatics-oriented perl modules whose power is surpassed perhaps only by their complexity.

Check out the perldocs if you get lost.

"BioRuby project aims to implement an integrated environment for Bioinformatics with Ruby language. The BioRuby library follows the KISS principle in order to maximize its usability and efficiency for biologists as a daily tool." - arguably the antithesis to BioPerl's complexity.


Ruby on Rails is a breakthrough in lowering the barriers of entry to programming. Powerful web applications that formerly might have taken weeks or months to develop can be produced in a matter of days.” -Tim O'Reilly, Founder of O'Reilly Media

Couple this with bioruby and you'll find yourself with tomorrow's bioinformatics, today.

"Processing is an open source programming language and environment for people who want to program images, animation, and sound." Based on Java, a Processing could be put to great use visualizing large genomics & bioinformatics datasets in complex dynamic ways, all from a webpage. For a taste, check out the random arboretum example, or Ben Fry's isometricblocks, featured on the cover of the HapMap edition of Nature.
Desktop manager. You don't know what your missing. Actually, let me tell you. 4 virtual desktops. Or 5. Go on. Indulge yourself. Complete with quartz-powered transitions.
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