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Spencer Skylar Chan <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 19 Jan 2023 16:34:25 -0500
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I am teaching my Student-Taught and Initiated Course (STIC), BSCI238G (Introduction to Shell Scripting for the Life Sciences), for the second time. It is taught on Fridays 12-12:50 PM in PLS 1121. Learn the basics of Bash, the most popular command line shell which is heavily integrated with Unix-like operating systems and bioinformatics applications. Sometimes biological data is too large to analyze by hand, or a graphical or web interface is inconvenient or unavailable. The shell is a text-only computing environment that can be used instead. Although the shell can be scary and unintuitive, it enables the user to write custom scripts that can run dozens or hundreds of programs in parallel without human input.

In summary:
1. No prior programming experience required
2. Learn dozens of Unix commands and how to write your own programs
3. Bash is frequently encountered in bioinformatics applications
4. A final shell scripting project instead of a final exam
5. Liberal grading - opportunities for extra credit abound
6. Feel like a hacker

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