Best Practices for Scientific Computing

As an addendum to my “There’s a Better Way” post I want to point out a paper written by some of the Software Carpentry consortium (including me, though I just contributed a little editing). It’s titled “Best Practices for Scientific Computing” and is currently available on arXiv at Here’s the abstract:

Scientists spend an increasing amount of time building and using software. However, most scientists are never taught how to do this efficiently. As a result, many are unaware of tools and practices that would allow them to write more reliable and maintainable code with less effort. We describe a set of best practices for scientific software development that have solid foundations in research and experience, and that improve scientists’ productivity and the reliability of their software.

Best Practices for Scientific Computing

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