Programmers for scientific software? - How do I start?

Don Gilbert gilbertd at bio.indiana.edu
Mon Feb 15 13:22:57 EST 1999

This is very good advice from Stephane for bioinformaticians-in-training:

learn some of the problems in the field, learn to build solutions
to them, and publish them freely for others to try and use. This is
how many scientific programmmers have grown and built a reputation.
Many of the commercial programs you and biologists use, practically
the whole field of Internet information systems (WWW, Gopher, eMail,
WAIS), have been developed by folks eager to learn, try new ideas and 
freely exchange them.  It does take time, but the cost to you is
only all your spare time :).  One starting point is to look at other
authors' free software source, learn how it works and try changing/improving
it or reusing it in new ways.  Learn where to find interesting
software sources (you can find all of mine and some of others at

- Don

In article <7a8u4n$hf0$1 at desdemone.pasteur.fr>,
Stephane Bortzmeyer <bortzmeyer at pasteur.fr> wrote:
>In article <79teun$k51 at bgtnsc03.worldnet.att.net>,
> sleepguy at att.net (John G. Gilligan) writes:
>> I would like to know if anyone can give me any hints as to how to break into 
>> the field of computer programming for scientific software?
>Write programs, put them under the GPL <http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html> 
>and give them away? Soon, all the major corporations will call you :-) 
>> I've applied for a number of positions as a programmer, but most places want 
>> 3-4 years worth of programming experience before they even look at your 
>> resume...
>See my first point. It was half-serious.

-- d.gilbert--biocomputing--indiana-u--bloomington-in-47405
-- gilbertd at bio.indiana.edu

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