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A Quick Guide for Developing Effective Bioinformatics Programming Skills

  • Joel T. Dudley mail,

    jdudley@stanford.edu

    Affiliations: Program in Biomedical Informatics, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California, United States of America, Department of Pediatrics, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California, United States of America, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Palo Alto, California, United States of America

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  • Atul J. Butte

    Affiliations: Department of Pediatrics, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California, United States of America, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Palo Alto, California, United States of America

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  • Published: December 24, 2009
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1000589
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New command for me

Posted by mlangill on 24 Dec 2009 at 06:47 GMT

cut
http://ploscompbiol.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1000589#article1.body1.sec4.p1

I have been using Unix commands for a long time and for some reason I have never come across "cut". Seems like a tool I will use in the future as I am always pulling out information from tab delimited files. Thanks.

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RE: New command for me

karthik1 replied to mlangill on 29 Dec 2009 at 16:43 GMT

Yes, cut is really really useful. I also came across this command comm, which prints common lines in files. Basically, if you have a lot of 'flat files' for databases, these text processing commands are really helpful.

Thanks for the nice article!

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