Archive for November, 2006

Friday, November 17th, 2006

See standard UNIX files that are hidden in Mac OS X

There are many standard UNIX directories that are invisible to Mac OS X’s Finder. Apple assumes that your normal OS X user does not want to see them. There are three ways a file will be invisible to the Finder: Files listed in /.hidden are hidden. Files that begin with a dot are hidden. Files […]

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Tuesday, November 14th, 2006

Response to Why IDL Sucks

I saw the discussion on comp.lang.idl-pvwave about Why IDL Sucks. While the author probably just needed to vent his frustrations on not getting IDL to do what he wanted, I think it’s worthwhile to examine the complaints because I think many programmers new to IDL may have many of the same misconceptions (think of it […]

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Wednesday, November 1st, 2006

Periodic Table of IDL Operators

I was motivated to make a diagram of IDL’s operators by Mark Lentczner’s Periodic Table of the Operators in Perl. IDL doesn’t have nearly as many operators as Perl, so the IDL Periodic Table is much sparser. I added some operators not listed in the table of precedence in the online help. Order of precedence […]

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