In today's information age, scientists and engineers must quickly and efficiently analyze extremely large sets of data. One of the best tools to accomplish this is Interactive Data Language (IDL®), a programming and visualization environment that facilitates numerical modeling, data analysis, and image processing. IDL's high-level language and powerful graphics capabilities allow users to write more flexible programs much faster than is possible with other programming languages.
An Introduction to Programming with IDL enables students new to programming, as well as those with experience in other programming languages, to rapidly harness IDL's capabilities: fast, interactive performance; array syntax; dynamic data typing; and built-in graphics. Each concept is illustrated with sample code, including many complete short programs.
- Margin notes throughout the text quickly point readers to the relevant sections of IDL manuals
- End-of-chapter summaries and exercises help reinforce learning
- Students who purchase the book are eligible for a substantial discount on a student version of the IDL software
Please Note: This is an On Demand product, delivery may take up to 11 working days after payment has been received.
IDL Manuals and Books
IDL Scripts (Batch Jobs)
Integer Constants and Variables
Floating-Point Constants and Variables
Searching and Sorting
PART II INPUT AND OUTPUT
Writing and Reading Binary Files
Reading NetCDF Files
Writing NetCDF Files
PART III PROGRAM STRUCTURE AND CONTROL
Procedures and Functions
PART IV GRAPHICS
Contour and Surface Plots
Color and Image Display
PART V APPLICATIONS
Statistics and Pseudorandom Numbers
Appendix A An IDL Style Guide
Appendix B Example Procedures, Functions, Scripts, and Data Files