Paperback: 508 pages
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann; 1 edition (August 1, 2001)
Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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If you're like me, you've probably been confused at times by the semantics of IDL. I've been using IDL for several years now and I still run into obstacles every now and then. What I needed was a book that went through the basics first (like a C or Fortran book) and then covered the really practical stuff like plotting, imaging, saving output etc. Liam Gumley has done a great job here in showing the reader how to put IDL to work. I also own Dave Fanning's book, and the two books complement each other nicely. However I'd have to give the edge to Practical IDL Programming for it's clear and straightforward explanation of IDL fundamentals, and for very clear and well explained example programs, many of which I now use every day.
Excellent book! Well written. Pretty complete, doesnt leave out those details you see annoyingly so often in other programming books. Highly recommend it.
I was only trying to get a book on IDL but I don't think that this would help others.