Not a computer problem exactly, but still probably fits here:
In the post-master's degree era of my life I am doing my best to constantly keep adding interesting skills to my curriculum vitae. Having spent the last week or so gaining a basic proficiency in IBM/SPSS, I am realizing more and more the utility of statistical software for bioinformatics.
So I want to take the next step and learn how to assemble simple programs to deal with mathematic/statistic problems and have had both R and Python recommended to me. My question is: where do I begin? If anyone knows of a good place to start (with a very basic knowledge of computer science) I would be most appreciative. Obviously free online resources are the best, but I am also pretty adept at tracking down books.