Which are the best programming languages for a bioinformatician?

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This is a basic question when you (as a programmer or biologist or mass spectrometrist) start a career in bioinformatics. What is your favorite programming language in bioinformatics?. This pool will give you a short picture about which languages are mandatory in computational proteomics & bioinformatics. Which languages would you recommend to a student wishing to enter the world of bioinformatics?. We can use this post to comment the strengths and weaknesses of each languages. 

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