I have no IDeaL what I'm doing (IDL programming for absolute dum-dums)
April 25, 2014 4:22 PM Subscribe
So, I recently got selected to do undergraduate physics research this summer. Great! Awesome! Yay me!
However, my research advisor has asked me to use something called IDL to analyze tomographic images of compounds and turn them into 3D images. This is good news, because IDL is used a lot by astronomers to analyze astronomical data, and I want to continue my education in astronomy. But, I've never used IDL ever before. I'm not even sure exactly what it is (a programming language?).
My question is this: how do I get up to speed so that I can hit the ground running with my research?
Difficulty: Research begins in two weeks.
posted by runcibleshaw to Science & Nature (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have a smidge of programming experience, if you consider one semester of Intro to C++ experience. So, assume I have no programming experience. I find that makes things easier. I have looked at some of the resources available on the web. NASA seems to have wealth of tools and links that I can go through, but there doesn't seem to be a lot of stuff for beginners like there is for other programming languages (environments?). So far I've only found a couple of beginner courses, and they're not free, they're pretty sparse, or they appear daunting
. Most of the stuff looks like it was written by professors who were tired of answering the same question from every student about IDL.
I'm a visual learner (which is possibly why I might not be so great at learning programming, too much text), so videos, visually appealing stuff, and lots and lots of examples are what work best for me.
Bonus points if there's something out there that relates directly to the kind of image manipulation I'm trying to do.