I am a newbie in bioinformatics and I want to learn about it.
One question I have is do bioinformaticians really need to learn programming languages? And if so, why? From one side I see a lot of posts saying that there are lots of softwares out there that allow you to perform bioinformatics analysis and that "reinventing the wheel" is dangerous. From another side, I see many people saying that knowing programming languages are important for bioinformaticians.
I would like to know if there are already many programs and softwares that do the bioinformatics analysis, then why does a bioinformatician need to learn a programming language to develop a program or a software ? [I assume the need for learning programming is to develop a software or program]