Archive for August, 2010

Friday, August 20th, 2010

IDLdoc 3.3alpha1

If you are interested in the next version of IDLdoc, check out the downloads page for a preview of IDLdoc 3.3 including what’s new and the link to download. This is an early release; an official 3.3 release will be made soon. If you try this out, please let me know (via email or submitting […]

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Thursday, August 19th, 2010

IDL 8.0 wrap-up

In conclusion, I think IDL 8.0 has a wealth of new features beginning the transition to a more modern programing language. These changes are not without risk: there are a few changes that might effect poorly written code (which we all have either used or written). But there are some compelling features (I’m thinking about […]

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Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

IDL 8.0 distribution/licensing

There are a few important changes to the IDL infrastructure that I have not already discussed in the IDL 8.0 related posts so far. I’ll have one final wrap-up post after this one.

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Thursday, August 12th, 2010

IDL 8.0: a new graphics interface

IDL 8.0 introduces an entirely new graphics interface. Currently, there is no name for this system except Graphics (am I supposed to say it capitalized when talking?), so I will refer to them as function graphics because all the routines are functions instead of procedures as in most direct graphics and iTools graphics routines. This […]

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Monday, August 9th, 2010

IDL 8.0: Other language changes

There are many other changes to the core IDL language besides operator overloading and lists/hashes, discussed here already. These changes make IDL’s syntax more convenient to use.

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Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Updated IDL 8.0 MAKE_RT über-installation

Paulo Penteado has updated his Building cross-platform IDL runtime applications article with an über-installation on 32- and 64-bit Mac, Linux, and Windows for IDL 8.0. The über-installation lets you use MAKE_RT to make all-inclusive IDL runtime applications for platforms other than the one you are building on.

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Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

IDL 8.0: IDL Workbench

The IDL Workbench is much simpler in IDL 8.0. The result is a much faster and nimbler Workbench experience, at the cost of a few features (both non-IDL related Eclipse features and ITT VIS added features from previous versions). For example, perspectives are gone entirely now; instead of “IDL”, “Debug”, and “Visualize” perspectives there is […]

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