They wrote the fastest parallelized BAM parser in D

Andrei Alexandrescu via Digitalmars-d digitalmars-d at
Mon Mar 30 12:25:04 PDT 2015

On 3/30/15 11:23 AM, Russel Winder via Digitalmars-d wrote:
> On Mon, 2015-03-30 at 18:04 +0000, george via Digitalmars-d wrote:
>>> .NET actually already has a foothold in bioinformatics,
>>> specially in user facing software and steering of reading
>>> equipments and robots.
>>> So D's needs a story over C# and F# (alongside WPF for data
>>> visualization) use cases.
>>> --
>>> Paulo
> Paulo,
> Can you send me some pointers to this stuff?
>> Though when it comes to open source bioinformatics projects, Perl
>> and Python have a large foothold
>> among most most bioinformaticians. Most utilities that require
>> speed are often written in C and C++ (BLAST, HMMER, SAMTOOLS etc).
>> I think D stands a good chance as a language of choice for
>> bioinformatics projects.
>> George
> My "prejudice", based on training people in Python and C++ over the
> last few years, is that Python and C++ have a very strong position in
> the bioinformatics community, with the use of IPython (now becoming
> Jupyter) increasing and solidifying the Python position.
> D's position is quite weak here because one of the important things is
> visualising data, something SciPy/Matplotlib are very good at. D has
> no real play in this arena and so there is no way (currently) of
> creating a foothold. Sad, but…

... incongruent with the recently-published bioinformatics paper. -- Andrei

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