After nearly five years of writing on nights and weekends, I have finally finished [*Modern IDL*](http://modernidl.idldev.com), 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](http://modernidl.idldev.com) for the [table of contents](http://modernidl.idldev.com/modernidl-toc.pdf), a [sample chapter](http://modernidl.idldev.com/modernidl-objectgraphics.pdf) (object graphics!), all the [code examples](http://modernidl.idldev.com/modernidl-code-1.0-r1224.zip), and, on June 14, a link to buy the book. The book discusses, with many examples, topics such as object-oriented programming, file input/output, networking, widget applications, direct graphics, object graphics, new graphics, external development, and performance.

The book will be available spiral bound and in PDF. I put a [set of photos of the book](http://www.flickr.com/photos/mgalloy/sets/72157626758059579/) on Flickr which you can see below: