Archive for May, 2012

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Thursday, May 31st, 2012

OPeNDAP support in IDL 8.2

The IDL DataPoint has an article about native OPeNDAP support in IDL 8.2. This allows the use of IDL’s netCDF API to access remote data served via the DAP protocol (this is new for the Mac on 8.2, already present in Linux, and still not working on Windows as I mentioned in my review of […]

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Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

IDL 8.2 review

IDL 8.2 was released today, and while it might not have many headline grabbing features, there are some nice additions to IDL’s libraries as well as some fixes for old problems. The Workbench finally seems to work for me; a bug in the way curl library was linked was fixed, allowing me to use OPeNDAP […]

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Monday, May 21st, 2012

IDL User Group 2012 Fall Meeting

In addition to VISualize coming up soon in June, Exelis VIS is holding a fall User Group meeting as well: The IDL User Group Meeting 2012 will be held September 19-20 at the beautiful LASP facility on CU-Boulder’s East Campus. Please join us for presentations by members of the IDL community and by the IDL […]

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Monday, May 21st, 2012

Solo code review

Ars Technica has a summary of Stack Exchange responses to the question: I’m working on a project solo and have to maintain my own code. Usually code review should be done by someone other than the author so the reviewer can look at the code with the fresh eyes. I don’t have such luxury. What […]

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Friday, May 18th, 2012

User functions in ENVI 5

The IDL Data Point has a post showing an example of using the new object-oriented interface for user functions in ENVI 5. Mark discussed batch programs in ENVI 5 last week. I don’t look forward to rewriting old ENVI user functions, but the new interface does look much better than the clunky old ENVI programming […]

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Friday, May 18th, 2012

Data visualization tools is keeping a list of the tools that they “use to create interactive and dynamic data visualizations:” That’s why we have put together a selection of tools that we use the most and that we enjoy working with. We called it It includes libraries for plotting data on maps, frameworks for creating charts, […]

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Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

VISualize 2012

This year’s VISualize, the IDL/ENVI User Group meeting, will have the theme “Climate Change and Environmental Monitoring.” It will be held June 18 to 19 in the World Wildlife Fund Conference Center in Washington, DC. Exelis VIS is now accepting abstracts—due May 18! Not sure what I should talk about this year (I’ve talked about […]

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Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Prompt hiding for cut-and-paste

While looking up some Python docs generated by the excellent Sphinx documentation tool1, I noticed that Sphinx can show/hide the prompts and output in a code snippet. This allows the user to see the full code and output, but then can hit a button and get text suitable for cut-and-pasting onto the command line to […]

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Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Tools for collaborative writing

A recent article on AstroBetter reviews some of the available tools for collaborative writing with an eye to writing proposals. I wanted to give my perspective on these tools since I have used all of the tools they discuss in the article: ScribTeX (as well as the similar ShareLaTeX), Google Docs, Dropbox, and version control […]

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Monday, May 7th, 2012

Coyote retiring?

David Fanning says he is retiring from IDL: I’m retiring. No, really, this time I’m really retiring. :-) Hopefully this is a false alarm, but in any case, good luck David and thanks for years of valuable information!

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