Excellent blog post about coding and documentation

There was an exchange on twitter today between several bioinformaticians regarding the need to have good documentation for bioinformatics tools. I was all set to write something about my own thoughts on this topic, but Robert Davey (@froggleston) has already written an excellent post on the subject (and probably done a better job of expressing my own views than I could):

I highly recommend reading his post as he makes some great points, including the following:

We need, as a community, usable requirements and standards for saying “this is how code should go from being available to being reusable“. How do we get our lab notebook code into that form via a number of checkpoints that both programmers and reviewers agree on?