Archive for June, 2011

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Reading the IDL newsgroup

Google’s cache of Usenet newsgroups seems to be down right now. I don’t see new posts since June 27 in the couple newsgroups that I regularly read, including the very informative IDL newsgroup comp.lang.idl-pvwave. But that doesn’t mean the newsgroup is not there; I actually hadn’t noticed anything was wrong until someone told me about […]

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Monday, June 27th, 2011

Mort Canty review of Modern IDL

Mort Canty’s first look at Modern IDL: … But I’ve always wanted a thorough, concise, up-to-date overview of the the IDL language and its vast capabilities. This is exactly what Mike’s book provides in 464 very informative pages. Can’t wait to have the “real thing” on my bookshelf. Highly recommended! High praise indeed, thanks Mort!

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Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

ESTF 2011

I will be at the The Westin in Pasadena, CA for the Earth Science Technology Forum (ESTF) this week, Tuesday evening to Thursday afternoon (June 21-23). I have a talk in Session A8 “Remote Data Exploration with IDL” (I’ll post slides later). Let me know if you are in the area and want to meet […]

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Monday, June 20th, 2011

Modern IDL on Google Books

Modern IDL is now listed in Google Books! This should make a fair amount of content of the book available for reading online. Even better, you can do text searches of the entire book, which gives snippets and a page number that you can look up in your hardcopy version.

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Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Modern IDL available now!

I have printed copies of my new book, Modern IDL, so I’m taking orders now. Run over to to get your copy (spiralbound or PDF)!

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Monday, June 6th, 2011

Modern IDL

After nearly five years of writing on nights and weekends, I have finally finished Modern IDL, my book about all things IDL. The book is at the printers now and should be available on Tuesday June 14! See the Modern IDL website for the table of contents, a sample chapter (object graphics!), all the code […]

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Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Coyote’s Guide to Traditional IDL Graphics

Coyote’s Guide to Traditional IDL Graphics: Using Familiar Tools Creatively by David Fanning is a great resource for users of direct graphics, particularly those using David’s fantastic Coyote Graphics system. It contains discussion and many examples of various types of graphics: line plots, contour plots, surface plots, image display (and even image processing), as well […]

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