Software Carpentry Workshops

The Wellcome Trust Biomedical Informatics Hub at the University of Exeter are running 2-3 day workshops in November taking place at both the Streatham and Tremough campuses.

Software Carpentry's goal is to help scientists and engineers become more productive by teaching them basic computing skills like program design, version control, testing, and task automation. In short, to do more, in less time and with less pain.  The draft syllabus is:

  • Using the shell to do more in less time
  • Using version control to manage and share information
  • Basic Python programming and good programming practice
  • How (and how much) to test programs
  • An introduction to R

Our boot camp is aimed at postgraduate students and other scientists who are familiar with basic programming concepts (like loops, conditionals, arrays, and functions) but need help to translate this knowledge into practical tools to help them work more productively.

For more information on Software Carpentry, please see:

For testimonials, please see:

If you'd be interested in attending a bioinformatics boot camp at Exeter in November, then please e-mail:
with your name and preferred campus and whether there is any skills or tools you'd particularly be interested in.

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