Archive for December, 2009

Monday, December 28th, 2009

AGU IDL Users Group Meeting

ITT VIS hosted a users group meeting at AGU to announce IDL 8.0. With over 40 IDL users in attendance, Bill Okuko, IDL Product Manager, gave an introduction to the major features while Chris Torrence, IDL Development Manager, provided the details. The main goals of this release are to “modernize and simplify” IDL. The features […]

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Monday, December 28th, 2009

Gravity wells on xkcd

xkcd has another great science-related comic today. Looking forward to the arrival of xkcd: volume 0 and mousepad for (a slightly late) Christmas!

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Monday, December 14th, 2009

GMT color tables

The cpt-city website has a large collection of over 4,000 color tables (download of over 4,000 color tables). Unfortunately for us (i.e., me), they are all in the .cpt format used in GMT. Here’s a routine to read a .cpt file and return it as a 256 by 3 color table array: IDL> rgb = […]

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Friday, December 11th, 2009

Opening data at NASA

Wired has an article about an informal group of NASA insiders and outsiders trying to free NASA data: A bunch of data nerds from inside and outside NASA will gather at a house in Cupertino, California called the Rainbow Mansion this Saturday to hack through the agency’s data jungles. The event isn’t NASA-sponsored. None of […]

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Friday, December 4th, 2009


ITT VIS will be holding a IDL User Group Meeting at AGU this year on Wednesday December 16 starting at 5:00 pm. And, of course, they will also be in the exhibit hall at booth 821. Tech-X will also be in the exhibit hall with a couple IDL-related products: GPULib and the Remote Data Toolkit, […]

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Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Routines currently available in GDL

Alain Coulais has compiled a list of the IDL routines available in GDL. The table is shown shrunken and turned on its side below: Grey lines are missing routines, green are coded internally in C++, and gold are reimplemented in .pro code. The table does not include the WIDGET_*, CW_*, QUERY_*, or MESH_* routines.

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