Archive for October, 2014

Friday, October 31st, 2014

What’s New in IDL 8.4? screencast

Beau Legeer gives a great screencast of some of the new features in IDL 8.4. This is a quick way to see some of the new features in action.

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Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

IDL 8.4: functional programming

Basics IDL adds some functional programming syntax in 8.4: lambda functions/procedures (inline routines) filter, map, and reduce methods Why is functional programming so good? With side-effect free functions, the order of computation is not important, making it easier to distribute computations over multiple cores. MapReduce is an increasingly popular programming model for dealing with large […]

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Thursday, October 23rd, 2014


IDL 8.4 adds a new routine, CODE_COVERAGE (docs), which returns information about the lines of a routine that have been executed. Using CODE_COVERAGE is fairly straight-forward — you do not need to enable code coverage. Just call CODE_COVERAGE at any time to find the lines of a routine that have been executed. Note that the […]

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Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

IDL 8.4 released

IDL 8.4 was released today with a slew of new features. Check out What’s New in IDL 8.4 for a list of the new features. Most interesting feature for me: code coverage. I am going to explore this a bit to see if I can get mgunit to report what code has been tested (and, […]

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