I was asked to give an introductory lecture about bioinformatics in cancer research and I wanted to spend one slide or two to talk/compare the pros and cons of coding (i.e. perl, python, R, Java, UNIX...) vs. using GUI tools (i.e. galaxy, cBioportal etc..)
the reason is that most of the students are enrolled in a genetics program with little or no bfx knowledge and they are "scared" of learning how to code, learning statistics etc etc..so I wanted to explain that 1) bfx is not all coding but there are a number of analysis that also can be done without writing lines and lines of code and 2) although there is a steeper learning curve in coding, it is extremely powerful.
there are a few posts online that touch the subject but I wanted to hear what the thoughts were here and, beside the obvious reasons, what do you think should be the most important messages to be conveyed to grad students.