Whenever I am learning a new programming language I often find it helpful, after learning the basic syntax, to try to learn the libraries and such by solving problems from Project Euler http://projecteuler.net/ or many other websites which give various toy problems in computer science. There are many such websites. I am interested in finding (or making) a list of problems of this sort from which one could slowly familiarize oneself with the core biological, statistical and technical concepts in bioinformatics (I am a n00b at biology, but have a background in computational science). I want to emphasize the comparison with Project Euler. No problem should be excessively technical, and the early problems should assume only basic familiarity with biology and statistics. I have already collected a few questions. Can any one point me to an existing list? Should we start a community wiki page for the topic?
I am planning to submit a grant that would allow us to develop Biostar as an independent application.
I am also looking for ideas for features that such a service could offer beyond Q&A. I find this idea most intriguing, it seems to be a natural extension to the Question/Answer format, good answers could be promoted to code example status.
Seeing as there's lots of discussion around in the comments, but no answers to where such problems might already be found online I had a quick look. I would also like to say I think this is a great idea. Plenty of 'Beginning Bioinformatics' style books with example questions that could be leveraged.
There's a list of 'scripting style' problems here on the SAP community network, that were posted up in 2008.
There's also a host of stuff on Paolo Nuin's 'Beginning Python for Bioinformatics' that would make a good starting point for such an endeavour.