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An Introduction to Programming with IDL - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780120885596, 9780080489278

An Introduction to Programming with IDL

1st Edition

Interactive Data Language

Author: Kenneth Bowman
Paperback ISBN: 9780120885596
eBook ISBN: 9780080489278
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 14th December 2005
Page Count: 304
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Description

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.

Key Features

  • 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

Readership

This text can be used in an introductory scientific programming course or as a supplement for advanced science and engineering courses. Researchers and professionals in fields ranging from the earth sciences to physics, engineering, astronomy and medicine will also enjoy using this introduction to IDL for self-paced learning.

Table of Contents

Part I IDL BASICS
Chapter 1 - Introduction
Chapter 2 - IDL Manuals and Books
Chapter 3 - Interactive IDL
Chapter 4 - IDL Scripts (Batch Jobs)
Chapter 5 - Integer Constants and Variables
Chapter 6 - Floating-Point Constants and Variables
Chapter 7 - Using Arrays
Chapter 8 - Searching and Sorting
Chapter 9 - Structures

PART II INPUT AND OUTPUT
Chapter 10 - Printing Text
Chapter 11 - Reading Text
Chapter 12 - Writing and Reading Binary Files
Chapter 13 - Reading NetCDF Files
Chapter 14 - Writing NetCDF Files

PART III PROGRAM STRUCTURE AND CONTROL
Chapter 15 - Procedures and Functions
Chapter 16 - Program Control

PART IV GRAPHICS
Chapter 17 - Line Graphs
Chapter 18 - Contour and Surface Plots
Chapter 19 - Mapping
Chapter 20 - Printing Graphics
Chapter 21 - Color and Image Display
Chapter 22 - Animation

PART V APPLICATIONS
Chapter 23 - Statistics and Pseudorandom Numbers
Chapter 24 - Interpolation
Chapter 25 - Fourier Analysis

Appendix A An IDL Style Guide
Appendix B Example Procedures, Functions, Scripts, and Data Files

Details

No. of pages:
304
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Academic Press 2005
Published:
14th December 2005
Imprint:
Academic Press
Paperback ISBN:
9780120885596
eBook ISBN:
9780080489278

About the Author

Kenneth Bowman

Affiliations and Expertise

Texas A&M University

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