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Summary of Week 2

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Summary of Week 2 learning

In Week 2, we built on the commands you learnt in Week 1 and introduced you to bash scripting. As the week progressed, we looked at why using bash scripts is such a powerful means of automating repetitive commands.

We’ walked you through writing your very own first bash script to print “Hello World”, and from there, you read about basic bash syntax in the form of variables, conditional logic and functions. Most importantly, you started to put your individual commands together to form simple bash scripts.

You also heard some advice from a professional bioinformatician. You had an opportunity to see how Samtools, you installed in week 1 can be used in practice.

Do leave your comments about the learning in this week in the comments area below. In particular, did you learn anything that will be applicable to your own practice or study?

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