What’s the Answer? (openly hate R)

Biostars is a site for asking, answering and discussing bioinformatics questions and issues. We are members of the Biostars_logo community and find it very useful. Often questions and answers arise at Biostars that are germane to our readers (end users of genomics resources). Every Thursday we will be highlighting one of those items or discussions here in this thread. You can ask questions in this thread, or you can always join in at Biostars.

Although I highlighted the original post a couple of weeks back, this Bioinformatics nerd “Uses This” series at Biostar has continued to be really informative and sometimes amusing.  I can’t even extract them to give a fair look because there are so many now, you should just go read them all. Not only is it an interesting cross-section of bioinformatics folks on a bunch of different topics and species, there are really good tips on software tools you might want to know about.

But I’ll extract this piece from today’s chat with Pablo because I used it in the click-baity title:

Forum: Pablo Cingolani of snpEff uses this

What do you use to create plots and charts?
I use R for stats, plots and charts. Although I openly hate R because I think it’s one of the least intuitive programming languages in the planet (followed closely by Malbolge and BrainF***)

Heh. But they aren’t all wonky tools either–some great tips on tools like project management or even remote meeting software have come along:

Forum: Hadley Wickham of ggplot and RStudio uses this

What tools/software do not get enough recognition?
Here’s three that I love and not enough people know about:

  • Selectorgadget: if you ever do any web scraping, you will love the way it learns css/xpath selectors based on positive and negative examples.
  • iDoneThis: we use this at RStudio. It’s a great way to keep track of what you’ve achieved, and to see what your colleagues are working on.
  • appear.in: super simple video chat. No logins, just share a link, and the quality is way better than google hangouts.

Really interesting stuff. Go read “Uses This” posts.