I just received a copy of IDL Primer by Ronn Kling. (Full disclousre: I received a free copy because Ronn used my Periodic Table of IDL Operators on the back cover.) It’s a pocket sized “quick reference” that provides a quick introduction to the main functional areas of IDL: the IDL Environment (DE is covered, get Kling’s Navigating the Workbench for coverage of the Workbench), syntax, array operations, program flow, 2D and 3D graphics, image processing, object graphics, file I/O, mapping, and animation. I have found it to be a quite handy reference, particularly the list of “Important Routines by Function” at the back (similar to the Functional List of IDL Routines in the online help).
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