[AstroPy] IDL to Python Switchers Guide
Thu Jul 1 04:29:10 CDT 2010
This looks great - very useful page.
I don't know whether it's worth adding to that particular page, but
it's worth pointing out to would-be IDL-to-Python switchers that is it
possible to make the transition gradually, as there are ways of
linking Python to IDL. I don't think these are perfect, but they
avoid things like "I would use Python but I absolutely must use
someObscureFunction.pro so I'll stick with IDL". Here are a couple:
= pyIDL - haven't been able to install it myself, but looks great
= pIDLy - my own routine, perhaps easier to set up than pyIDL, but can
be slow/inefficient when processing a lot of data.
... and there are others out there.
All the best,
On 1 Jul 2010, at 01:18, Kelle Cruz wrote:
> Hi All,
> I've sketched out a table on the AstroBetter wiki to use a
> "Switchers Guide" from IDL. But it will also for developers so that
> they can see what's already been migrated.
> My idea is to list the IDL Astrolib routines, their equivalent/
> similar functionality python module, followed by a brief
> description. The table currently includes the sum total of my
> Python knowledge so it's up to the community to fill it in. I also
> included in the table a couple IDL routines that probably have
> Python equivalents but that I just haven't figured out yet. (i
> couldn't quite figure out what to make of the Starlink package.)
> Also, feel free to add modules that are useful but that don't have
> an IDL equivalent. It's a wiki, so edit away. You'll just have to
> I spent some time writing out the syntax for the pyfits header
> manipulation stuff, but if you just want to include the package and
> module, that'll be better than nothing. I also based the sections
> and their order on the Astrolib page: http://idlastro.gsfc.nasa.gov/contents.html
> btw, it is not my intention to duplicate the content that's already
> on the NumPy for IDL users site: http://mathesaurus.sourceforge.net/idl-numpy.html
> Anyway, for you python gurus out there...next time you're
> procrastinating but still want to do something productive, fill in
> some of the table!
> Kelle Cruz, PhD
> Assistant Professor, Hunter College
> Research Associate, AMNH
> Visiting Associate, Caltech
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