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IDL Programming Techniques by David W. Fanning

Hence part of the art of using IDL or any other array programming language, for that matter for numerically heavy computations is to make use of the built-in vector operations.

As with most other array programming languages, IDL is very fast at doing vector operations sometimes as fast as a well-coded custom loop in Fortran or C but quite slow if elements need processing individually.

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Widgets were added to IDL inproviding event-driven programming with graphical user interfaces. It not only covers all the basics of line plots, contour and surface plots, image display, color handling, and hardcopy output, but it is also the only book currently available that shows readers how to write an IDL program with a gra This book describes the essential IDL Interactive Data Language programming techniques readers need to write programs in the IDL language.

IDL shares a common syntax with PV-Wave and originated from the same codebasethough the languages have subsequently diverged in detail. Return to Book Page. New object and pointer types, and limited object-oriented programming capabilities, were added to IDL in The course concentrates on programming and graphical display techniques that are required to build both static and interactive IDL programs.


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The first program in the evolutionary chain to IDL that Stern developed was named Rufus; it was a simple vector-oriented calculator that ran on the PDP It not only covers all programibg basics of line plots, contour and surface plots, image display, color handling, and hardcopy output, but it is also the only book currently available that shows readers how to write an IDL program with a graphical user interface and how to create and use objects in IDL.

Eugene Mah rated it liked it Jul 16, Not to be confused with Interface description language. Polarsir added it Oct 02, Retrieved from ” https: IDL Programming Techniques is a four-day course for those who want a comprehensive overview of IDL functionality, programming, and application development. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.

Irl example contains a divide by zero; IDL will report an arithmetic overflowand store a NaN value in the corresponding element of the y array the first onebut the other array elements will be finite. SOL was an array-oriented language with some primitive graphics capabilities.

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Books by David W. If students are proficient in this aspect of their IDL knowledge, then this overview is done very quickly and the majority of the time is spent writing IDL programs of greater complexity. Robert Fisher rated it liked it Jun 07, Refresh and try again.

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The syntax includes many constructs from Fortran and some from C.

Avishek Yadav marked it as to-read Feb 15, IDL is vectorizednumericaland interactive, and is commonly used for interactive processing of large amounts of data including image processing.

The course is suitable for those who have been working with IDL techbiques some time and who want to move their IDL programming skills to the next level. Arrays are passed by reference, and this mechanism tecchniques an advertised feature of the language to pass data back out of a subroutine — in contrast, array slices are copied before being passed, so that data modifications do not flow back into array ranges after the subroutine exitsviolating the principle of least surprise.

Statements consisting only of original research should be removed. Katey added it Feb 21, David Fanning is a software consultant, author, and part-time wilderness ranger living in Fort Collins, Colorado. Marcia Chen marked it as to-read Jun 12, The findgen function in the above example returns a one-dimensional array of floating point numbers, with values equal to a series of integers starting at 0.

This section possibly contains original research. The single namespace is particularly problematic; for example, language updates that include new built-in functions have on occasion invalidated large scientific libraries. It is popular in particular areas of science, such as astronomy techniqies, atmospheric physics and medical imaging.

Elias rated it really liked it Apr 22, IDL has been applied widely in space science, for example in solar physics. Jeyhan added it May 28,