The Darwin system consists of two parts
The library is a set of programs which detail to the kernel how to perform more complicated computations. The Darwin library is already quite extensive containing programs to compute pairwise alignments, phylogenetic trees, multiple sequence alignments, and to make secondary structure predictions. Chapter - Point Accepted Mutations and Dayhoff Matrices through Chapter - Molecular Weight Traces provide a tour of these libraries by showing how the tools they contain may be used to solve ``real''problems from bioinformatics.
Two of the big strengths of the Darwin system are (1) the ability for users to extend existing libraries by tailoring routines to better suit their particular needs and (2) the ability to write completely new libraries for their own favourite problems not yet included in the system. Part provides the necessary tools to accomplish both. During our exposition of the language, we have attempted to use examples which a user would normally encounter when handling genetic data. We have forsaken completeness for clarity as there are some rather esoteric commands and routines which only a seasoned veteran would require. Their explanation here would only serve to ``clutter'' the reader's understanding and detract from the main intentions of the chapter. Readers requiring more extensive knowledge about routines are referred to the Part - The Reference Guide which contains a complete description of the libraries.