Coyote's Guide to IDL Programming

The IDL Workbench

QUESTION: What in the world is the IDL Workbench, and how come I've never heard of it before?

ANSWER: The IDL Workbench is the new IDL development environment, released with all versions of IDL 7.0 on 28 November 2007. To quote from the ITTVIS web page:

[The IDL Workbench] is based on the Eclipse development platform. Eclipse gives IDL users the advantages of a modern, full-featured truly cross-platform development environment that includes the tools that users of today’s development environments have come to appreciate and expect.

Among the features of the IDL Workshop, ITTVIS lists these:

Here is an image of what the IDL Workbench looks like on a LINUX machine. It looks similar, and works the same, on both the Windows and Macintosh platforms.

IDL Workbench
The way the IDL Workbench looks on a LINUX machine.

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