Application Development in IDL I
Location: NCNR, Room B-100
28-March 2, 2005
Class and meeting photos
, which stands for the Interactive Data Language, is a high-level programming
language that has proven useful in the visualization and analysis of various
types of data sets, including neutron scattering data. One of the
advantages of IDL is that it combines strong numerical processing and visualization
capabilities with an extensive user interface toolkit. In this three-day
training session, an overview of the capabilities of IDL will be presented
along with an introduction to the development of applications using GUIs
(graphical user interfaces).
This is an interactive training session so each attendee will be writing
programs at his/her own workstation or laptop. Before the course we will help
you to configure your computer to run IDL if you do not already have a license.
You will also need to load a number of programs onto your computer prior to the class. I will
send a message to everyone taking the course to let you know where to download these programs.
We are limiting the course to eight individuals. Due to the limited
number of attendees, please sign up early if you are interested. This
training session counts for formal training.
Course documentation (PDF-2.2 MB)
This course documentation is going to be followed quite closely during the class. You can view the documentation here if you wish but you will be receiving a bound copy when you arrive for the class.
You can download all of the examples that are discussed in the book from the following link.
Course programs (196 KB)
If you are interested in taking this course and/or have any questions,
please contact Rob Dimeo
Outline of material covered
variables (scalar, array, integer, float, double, etc.)
control statements (if...then..., case, while...do, for, etc.)
procedures and functions
keywords and parameters
Beyond the fundamentals
optimizing code for speed
analyzing data/curve fitting
Widget programming and application development
bases, buttons, sliders, text fields, event handlers, cleanup routines
using the mouse to interact with graphics
distributing your application to be used with the IDL Virtual Machine
tying it all together in a multi-component application
plugging your application into the DAVE framework
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