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Introduction to Programming with IDL Interactive Data Language

ISBN-10: 012088559X
ISBN-13: 9780120885596
Edition: 2005
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Description: This introduction emphasises the fundamental concepts and practical topics in clear and conscise language. It also contains summaries and exercises at the end of each chapter.

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Book details

Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books
Publication date: 12/14/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.804
Language: English

This introduction emphasises the fundamental concepts and practical topics in clear and conscise language. It also contains summaries and exercises at the end of each chapter.

Preface
Acknowledgments
IDL Basics
Introduction
What Is IDL?
IDL Resources
The IDL Software System
IDL Manuals and Books
Features of This Book
IDL Documentation from Research Systems
Other IDL Books
Interactive IDL
IDL Commands
Setting Up IDL
Starting and Exiting IDL
Interrupting and Restarting IDL Calculations
Simple IDL Statements
Getting Information
Variables
Arrays
Graphics
Summary
Exercises
IDL Scripts (Batch Jobs)
IDL Commands and Notation
A Note on Files and File Names
Making a Script
Journaling
Summary
Exercises
Integer Constants and Variables
IDL Commands and Notation
Decimal and Binary Notation
Byte Constants and Variables
Int Constants and Variables
Long Constants and Variables
Other Integer Types
Converting One Integer Type to Another
Summary
Exercises
Floating-Point Constants and Variables
IDL Commands and Notation
Development of Floating-Point Methods
Limitations of Floating-Point Arithmetic
Single-Precision Constants and Variables
Double-Precision Constants and Variables
Type Conversion
Rounding
Infinities and Not-a-Numbers
Summary
Exercises
Using Arrays
IDL Procedures and Functions
Creating Arrays
Arithmetic with Arrays
Index Arrays
Generating a Coordinate Array
Changing the Shape of an Array
Using Part of an Array
Expanding or Shrinking (Rebinning) an Array
Reversing an Array
Rotating or Transposing an Array
Shifting an Array
Summary
Exercises
Searching and Sorting
IDL Procedures and Functions
Finding Values in an Array That Satisfy a Logical Condition
Sorting an Array
Finding a Value in a Sorted Array
Summary
Exercises
Structures
IDL Commands and Keywords
Named Structures
Anonymous Structures
Hierarchical Structures
Additional Topics
Summary
Exercises
Input and Output
Printing Text
IDL Commands and Keywords
Free-Format Output
Formatted Output
Printing a Table
Output to Files
Summary
Exercises
Reading Text
IDL Commands and Keywords
Reading Text from the Terminal
Reading Text from Files
Summary
Exercises
Writing and Reading Binary Files
IDL Commands and Keywords
Writing Binary Files
Reading Binary Files
Exchanging Files with Fortran Programs
Summary
Exercises
Reading NetCDF Files
IDL Procedures and Functions
NetCDF Basics
Reading Attributes
A Real Data File
Summary
Exercises
Writing NetCDF Files
IDL Procedures and Functions
Writing a NetCDF File
Writing Parts of an Array
Summary
Exercises
Program Structure and Control
Procedures and Functions
IDL Commands and Keywords
Built-in Procedures and Functions
Writing Procedures
Writing Functions
Keyword Parameters
Optional Parameters
Summary
Exercises
Program Control
IDL Commands and Keywords
BEGIN... END Statements
IF... THEN... ELSE Statements
FOR Loops
WHILE Loops
Other Control Structures
Summary
Graphics
Line Graphs
IDL Commands for Plotting Line Graphs
Plotting Styles
Titles and Labels
Axes
Multiple Plots Per Page
Summary
Contour and Surface Plots
IDL Commands and Keywords
Contour Plots
Surface Plots
Shaded Surface Plots
Summary
Mapping
IDL Commands and Keywords
Drawing Maps
Contour Plots on Maps
Other Plots on Maps
Summary
Printing Graphics
IDL Commands and Keywords
Device Drivers
The PostScript Device
The PRINTER Device
Some Limitations of the PRINTER and PS Devices
Summary
Exercises
Color and Image Display
IDL Commands and Keywords
Color Basics
24-Bit Devices
8-Bit Devices
Printing Color Output
Summary
Animation
IDL Commands and Keywords
Background
Using XINTERANIMATE
Summary
Exercises
Applications
Statistics and Pseudorandom Numbers
IDL Commands and Keywords
Pseudorandom Numbers
Basic Statistics
Regression and Correlation
Curve Fitting
Significance Tests
Summary
Interpolation
IDL Commands and Keywords
Background
1-D Interpolation
Bilinear Interpolation
Higher Dimensions
Irregular Grids
Summary
Fourier Analysis
IDL Commands and Keywords
Background
The IDL FFT
Fourier Filtering
Summary
Exercises
An IDL Style Guide
IDL Style Rules
Examples of Good and Bad Style
IDL Reserved Words
Example Procedures, Functions, Scripts, and Data Files
Example Procedures, Functions, Scripts
Data Files
Bibliography
Index

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