Response to "Scientific papers and softwares"
Recently leprevost posted a comment on requiring better software in science. Its a good plea, read it! In response I started a comment, which got a bit too long, here it is:
A few of us have been talking about how to increase the use of Perl in the scientific community. While our efforts are in their infancy, we hope to fight this very problem. Some new sites are
- Perl4Science, my stub site/org, to be expanded
- The Quantified Onion, Joe Kline’s brand new Google Group, not sure if it’s been announced, guess it has now :-)
In the meantime, all I can do is contribute that good code, and put it on GitHub and CPAN for people to see and use.
There are many more projects, both written by me and others for this purpose. PDL, BioPerl etc. I really would like to reclaim some of the scientific computing that has been going to Python by default. It makes me very sad to read that when someone does choose Perl, that they would use that opportunity not to show off new modern Perl, but that old Perl that scares people away.
If you are a Scientist, you are more than welcome to contact me, David Mertens and others about how to interact with the scientific community in Perl. Even if you don’t want to do this, however, please, write Perl code that shows off the language we love.