I am not a pure bioinformatician. I self learned Unix and R and I must say I have been quite happy with the things I achieved.
However, I realized that I would need some more hands on a programming language. I choose Phyton, as it seems to be easier to learn for new comers like me.
I started looking online tutorials and wikis, and I found them really useful. However, at some point I start to think that maybe I am just wasting my time in learning basic programming aspects, which I will not really need in the real life when dealing with my data (mainly sequences). I think that this might be a common problem that biologist approaching a programming languages have. Therefore, I was wondering if you have any suggestion or advices concerning which aspects would be more useful to learn for a biologist that starts to learn a new programming language (i.e. Python, Perl).
Thanks for sharing.