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*Subject*: Re: Plea for IDL 2000 (was: a plea for more reliable mathematical routines)*From*: Craig Markwardt <craigmnet(at)cow.physics.wisc.edu>*Date*: 18 Sep 1999 17:27:01 -0500*cc*: davidf(at)dfanning.com*Newsgroups*: comp.lang.idl-pvwave*Organization*: U. Wisc. Madison Physics -- Compact Objects*References*: <7r90g4$rqb$1@nnrp1.deja.com> <37D82EA9.BA62A369@wellesley.edu><7r9jbl$aem$1@nnrp1.deja.com> <37DCCE9A.F1AC4BF1@zedat.fu-berlin.de><MPG.1246a891f3c895e19898eb@news.frii.com><37DE1600.5E99BDE4@zedat.fu-berlin.de><MPG.124804e8864d03df9898ec@news.frii.com><7rq9gg$f14$2@alster.dkrz.de><MPG.124ad31447ec3ccd9898f7@news.frii.com><7rsidq$j5s$1@nnrp1.deja.com> <7rtldk$bmu$1@nnrp1.deja.com><7ru2ik$md8$1@nnrp1.deja.com><MPG.124c4f8616810d7f9898fc@news.frii.com>*Reply-To*: craigmnet(at)cow.physics.wisc.edu*Xref*: news.doit.wisc.edu comp.lang.idl-pvwave:16620

davidf@dfanning.com (David Fanning) writes: > What I don't understand is the heat behind these > feelings that IDL is a big hack. Heck, go use something > else if you feel that way. It's a competitive marketplace > that IDL lives in and you are free to buy (or build) > anything that does the job for you. IDL only exists because > *somebody* keeps buying it. Hi David-- I love IDL. It's got a wonderfully expressive language, powerful vectorizable operators, and mountains of library software (my own, and from others). As an interactive analysis language it has profoundly changed how I work (for the better). I have made software the beats the socks off its C/FORTRAN equivalents. I could hate IDL. It's got a quirky language with objects tacked on. I have made a large investment in mountains of software that won't run on any other system. IDL is not very friendly to the programmer/maintainer and has introduced and obsoleted several language features over the course of a year or less. Software bugs persist through several versions. When a bug appears we have no recourse in fixing it, since we don't have the core IDL source code. For example, witness the arguments about mathematical functions. I have spent a profound amount of my time working around IDL bugs. Making a simple hardcopy in direct graphics is a serious inconvenience. Love/Hate, that's what it is! Craig -- -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Craig B. Markwardt, Ph.D. EMAIL: craigmnet@cow.physics.wisc.edu Astrophysics, IDL, Finance, Derivatives | Remove "net" for better response --------------------------------------------------------------------------

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