I'm undergraduate student in biology and i want to deal with bioinformatics and especially systems biology, in the future.
I'm thinking of taking programming lessons this semester. What i want is just an introduction to programming. I want to understand the basics and maybe in the future learn more difficult stuff. But for the moment i want just the basics. I won't use it anywhere now.
The thing is that i have only 2 options in my school: C and Fortran 95. Which of these languages is better for me? Which of them will be more useful in my future career? Any opinions will be very usefull.
Thanks in advance!
Fortran is dead, so the question as it stands is a no-brainer. However, you might also consider picking up a perl/python book (Example: "Perl for biologists") and start yourself off with that, as there are good odds the C class offered by your university is meant for students of the computer science program, and that it might be a little rough/unappealing for someone with your background.
I agree with everyone else here that C is the way to go (and with the commenter above about what C courses are likely to be like at your school), but disagree with FORTRAN being dead. It is still very much used by engineers.
Thank you! I think I'm going to give it a try by myself because- as you mentioned- the C class is offered by the engineering department and I'm afraid I can't follow the level of the class.