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 examples](, 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]( on Flickr which you can see below: