Talk on BioSAVE: Cambridge, Thursday 18th October

I’ll be giving a brief talk (10 minutes or so) on the development of my BioSAVE (Biological Sequence Annotation Viewer) program for Mac OS X at The Cambridge Computational Biology Institute (CCBI) this coming Thursday.

The talk will focus on OS X as a platform for rapid application development and a little bit on what BioSAVE can actually be used for. A poster advertising the meeting can be found here (PDF; 364 Kb).

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Cocoa programming job

I haven’t been updating this blog anywhere near as regularly as I’d like. This is for a number of reasons, including the following:

  • I had my finals at the beginning of June
  • The usual post-exam festivities actually managed to consume what remained of June
  • I’ve been on holiday to the Maldives

The good news, however, is that finals went very well – I’ve just graduated with a first class degree from the University of Cambridge, making me a “BA MSci (Hons) (Cantab)”. Or something. My dissertation, entitled “Systematic determination of patterns of transcription factor expression in Drosophila melanogaster tracheogenesis.”, was deemed to be the best in the year, scoring 85%.

On Monday I’m starting work (for 3 months) at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, probably continuing work on this, a program for DNA sequence annotation. It’s a great opportunity as I’m basically being paid to learn how to program using Cocoa. Admittedly, the pay’s not great, but it’s better than nothing…

Anyhow, a side effect of this is that I’ll (hopefully) be posting more about the ins and outs of Cocoa as I get to grips with it. My girlfriend has kindly armed me with a copy of Hillegass to help along the way…