Small Tools for Bioinformatics

Pjotr Prins has published a Small Tools Manifesto for Bioinformatics, which is well worth a read for anyone who develops bioinformatics software.

In essence it’s about increased adoption of the Unix design philosophy. I fully support the manifesto, which in many ways is reminiscent of the ideas that me and Gabriel Keeble-Gagnere presented in our Friedrich paper at PRIB2012. The idea of designing software as small parts that can be recombined freely, instead of as a huge black box with a glossy surface, is an extremely powerful one, particularly in the research space.

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