Implementing an RSS feed into the sol genomics website using the PERL programming language
This summer I worked on implementing an RSS feed into the sol genomics websites, a plant genome database, using PERL programming language. In today’s modern world, many websites, news services and blogs are using RSS feeds as a competitive means of syndicating or distributing their content over the web. Similarly, professors in academia, scientists in research institutions or even researchers in industry and development want to stay-up-date with the increasing knowledge in plant genomes – an RSS feed would be a great tool to ensure this. Thus, an RSS feed on the sol genomics datebase does not only make it easier for scientists to share and collaborate information but is also a highly marketable feature for generating revenue via RSS traffic advertising services such as Pheedo.
I am finishing my rotation at BTI with the bioinformatic interns. This experience has been helpful in getting me engaged into the field of bioinformatics. This summer I learned how to program in Perl. Specifically, I have learned how to write a simple program, run it and write tests to ensure its working properly, and if necessary debugging the program. I have also gotten more comfortable working in the Linux command line. Additionally, I learned quite a bit about the necessary websites and tools one should learn as a bioinformatician. For example, BLAST, SQL, github, RNA sequencing, dotplot, among others. Aside from acquiring these technical skills, this summer I developed a better sense of what I would like to study in graduate school. I like how the weekly seminars have exposed me to different kinds of research and what is required to earn a PhD. I also liked working with a mentor. The cxgn work channel reminded me that there was always help available. I have enjoyed my work at BTI. I recommend incoming interns or undergraduate scientists to come with an open mind and be prepared to work.