This isn't a technical blog post where I dive into the relative strengths of Perl and Python. That's because I know zero Python but sometimes have dreams in Perl. I learned Perl in the lab of Lincoln Stein, taught it several times as a TA in his CSHL Programming for Biologist class, and organized a similar bootcamp in Berkeley. Sure, there were others before 2001 (7K lines of Visual Basic code ~  read more