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Re: Plea for IDL 2000 (was: a plea for more reliable mathematical routines)
In article <MPG.firstname.lastname@example.org>,
email@example.com (David Fanning) wrote:
> New in IDL 5.3 (according to the on-line documentation in the beta
> version is a "compile option" routine that can change the default
> integer size from 16-bit to 32-bit:
> IDL> Compile_Opt DefInt32
> IDL> a = 0
> IDL> Help, a
> A LONG = 0
> P.S. Note there is NO comma after the COMPILE_OPT
> command! Took me about 10 minutes to realize that. :-(
see! that's yet another example of how poorly thought out IDL is!!
other directives (such as .RUN, .COMPILE) don't need a comma after
their names. Why not make it .COMPILE_OPT, so that the lack of comma
would at least make sense? I guess that would be too reasonable and
well thought-out for RSI.. sigh..
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