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Interview: SciRuby Team

This week we interviewed three members of the SciRuby team (a collection of tools for scientific computation written in the Ruby language): John Woods, John Prince and Claudio Bustos. We think you will find this a very interesting an throurogh interview.

F4S: Please, give us a brief introduction about yourself.

 John Woods: I’m a Ph.D. student at the University of Texas at Austin, in Molecular Biology, working with Edward Marcotte. My research involves methods for searching for deep homology – in other words, finding genes that cause birth defects based on what related genes do in other species. I’m very grateful to be supported by a U.S. National Science Foundation fellowship.

I’m also a community organizer, in the political sense. It’s actually very similar to organizing an open source project. You find people who share a common goal, you bring them together, and you find a way to get it done.

F4S: What is SciRuby?

 John Woods:  The SciRuby Project is two things: a community and a set of libraries. We think Ruby is a great language, and so do a lot of other …