An Introduction to Programming with IDL: Interactive Data Language / Edition 1

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Overview

In today's information age, scientists and engineers must quickly and efficiently analyze extremely large sets of data. One of the best tools to accomplish this is Interactive Data Language (IDL®), a programming and visualization environment that facilitates numerical modeling, data analysis, and image processing. IDL's high-level language and powerful graphics capabilities allow users to write more flexible programs much faster than is possible with other programming languages.

An Introduction to Programming with IDL enables students new to programming, as well as those with experience in other programming languages, to rapidly harness IDL's capabilities: fast, interactive performance; array syntax; dynamic data typing and built-in graphics. Each concept is illustrated with sample code, including many complete short programs.

This text can be used in an introductory scientific programming course or as a supplement for advanced science and engineering courses. Researchers and professionals in fields ranging from the earth sciences to physics, engineering, astronomy, and medicine will also enjoy using this introduction to IDL for self-paced learning.

Key Features:
• Margin notes throughout the text quickly point readers to the relevant sections of IDL manuals
• End-of-chapter summaries and exercises help reinforce learning
• Students who purchase the book are eligible for a substantial discount on a student version of the IDL software

Interactive Data Language (IDL) is a complete data analysis and visualization environment that is used in a wide range of science and engineering disciplines for processing and analyzing numerical and image data. It is often used in advanced science/technical courses.

Professor Ken Bowman originally developed this text for the laboratory portion of an undergraduate course on Physical Climatology, but his emphasis on fundamental concepts and practical topics helps students write programs for other classes or for their research. This primer is aimed at beginning programmers, not experienced C or Fortran programmers who are new to IDL.Lucid writing style

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780120885596
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 6/1/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I IDL BASICS
Chapter 1 - Introduction
Chapter 2 - IDL Manuals and Books
Chapter 3 - Interactive IDL
Chapter 4 - IDL Scripts (Batch Jobs)
Chapter 5 - Integer Constants and Variables
Chapter 6 - Floating-Point Constants and Variables
Chapter 7 - Using Arrays
Chapter 8 - Searching and Sorting
Chapter 9 - Structures

PART II INPUT AND OUTPUT
Chapter 10 - Printing Text
Chapter 11 - Reading Text
Chapter 12 - Writing and Reading Binary Files
Chapter 13 - Reading NetCDF Files
Chapter 14 - Writing NetCDF Files

PART III PROGRAM STRUCTURE AND CONTROL
Chapter 15 - Procedures and Functions
Chapter 16 - Program Control

PART IV GRAPHICS
Chapter 17 - Line Graphs
Chapter 18 - Contour and Surface Plots
Chapter 19 - Mapping
Chapter 20 - Printing Graphics
Chapter 21 - Color and Image Display
Chapter 22 - Animation

PART V APPLICATIONS
Chapter 23 - Statistics and Pseudorandom Numbers
Chapter 24 - Interpolation
Chapter 25 - Fourier Analysis

Appendix A An IDL Style Guide
Appendix B Example Procedures, Functions, Scripts, and Data Files

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