Archive for July, 2010

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

IDL 8.0: Operator overloading

Operator overloading is the feature in IDL 8.0 that I have been testing the most; I am already using it in a couple of my projects. The behavior of objects when used in expressions containing nearly any of IDL’s operators can be defined through special methods of the object.

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Monday, July 26th, 2010

IDL 8.0 webinar

I watched this “New Features and Functionality in IDL 8.0” webinar live, but if you missed it, the recorded version is now available. It’s a great overview of the new features in IDL 8.0 by Mark Piper of ITT VIS.

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Monday, July 26th, 2010

IDL 8.0: Help

IDL 8.0 introduces yet another help system. The help system inside the Workbench and the web server to view HTML pages are gone. This is welcome for me, as I did not like the 7.x help system and was wondering how long I could reasonably use the IDL Assistant from IDL 6.4. But I primarily […]

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Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

IDL 8.0: Lists and hashes

Fundamental data structures like lists and hashes have been needed in IDL for some time, but IDL 8.0 introduces them along with some related features/syntax for object-oriented programming to make them even more useful.

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Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

IDL 8.0 released

IDL 8.0 is out! Download here (the normally long download was quite fast for me). Stay tuned for a sequence of articles here highlighting features I am excited about in IDL 8.0: lists and hashes, the new graphics routines, operator overloading, language changes, new help system, and Workbench changes.

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Wednesday, July 7th, 2010


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Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Site down for routine maintenance

The site will be down for routine maintenance this evening, July 1, around 10 pm MDT for approximately 6 hours.

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