IDL, or Interactive Data Language, is a computer programming language primarily used for data analysis and data visualization. While it first appeared in This web site is about learning to program with IDL – Interactive Data Language. Numeric/graphics: IDL, Matlab, Octave Traditional programming languages: IDL. What is IDL? Interactive Data Language. Proprietary software distributed by .
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IDL (programming language)
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Introduction to IDL Programming
New object and pointer types, and limited object-oriented programming capabilities, were added to IDL in List of numerical analysis software Comparison of numerical analysis software. This page was last edited on 16 Octoberat IDL has been applied widely in space science, for example in solar physics.
This article needs additional citations for verification. Inastronauts on board a Space Shuttle used IDL loaded on a laptop to study ultraviolet radiation. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Hence part of the art of using IDL or any other array programming language, for that matter for numerically heavy computations is to make use of the built-in vector operations.
The syntax includes many constructs from Fortran and some from C. This progtaming contains a divide by zero; IDL will report an arithmetic overflowand store a NaN value in the corresponding element of the y array the first onebut the other array elements will be finite.
IDL is vectorizednumericaland interactive, and is commonly used for interactive processing of large amounts of data protraming image processing.
Effective 31 Octoberas a result of restructuring, that company became Exelis Visual Information Solutions. The findgen function in the above example returns a one-dimensional array of floating point numbers, with values equal to a series of integers starting at 0.
Pdograming this release, the graphics supported by IDL were primarily Tektronix terminals and raster graphics displays.
Some of these features, which make IDL very simple to use interactively, also cause difficulties when building large programs. August Learn how and when to remove this template message. Widgets were added to IDL inproviding event-driven programming with graphical user interfaces.
The single namespace is particularly problematic; for example, language updates that include new built-in functions have on occasion invalidated large scientific libraries. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Many historical irregularities survive from the early heritage of the language, requiring individual workarounds by the programmer. Please improve it by verifying the claims made and adding inline citations. Retrieved from ” https: September Learn how and when to remove this template message.
Note that the operation in pgograming second line applies in a vectorized manner to the whole element array created in the first line, analogous to the way general-purpose array programming languages such as APLJ or K would do it.
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As with most other array programming languages, IDL is very fast at doing vector operations sometimes as fast as a well-coded custom loop in Fortran or C but quite slow if elements need processing progtaming. Views Read Edit View history.
SOL was an array-oriented language with some primitive graphics capabilities. The first version of ENVIan application for remote sensing multispectral and hyperspectral image analysis written in IDL, was released in It is popular in particular areas of science, such as astronomyatmospheric physics and medical imaging.
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The first program in the evolutionary chain to IDL that Stern developed was named Rufus; it was a simple vector-oriented calculator that ran on the PDP Retrieved 30 September Arrays are passed by reference, and this mechanism is an advertised feature of the language to pass data back out of a subroutine — in contrast, array slices are copied before being passed, so that data modifications do not flow back into array ranges after the subroutine exitsviolating the principle of least surprise.
At LASP, David Stern was involved in efforts to allow scientists to test hypotheses without employing programmers to write or modify individual applications.
Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. IDL shares a common syntax with PV-Wave and originated from the same codebasethough the languages have subsequently diverged in detail. It took advantage of the VAX virtual memory and udl address space. This section possibly contains original research.