This is a personal blog by John Gizis. I am a professor of astronomy.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Time to move on Python
I've been starting some new projects and the unholy mix of IDL, Perl and Fortran I use to look at data and solve problems can't be efficient. So I've resolved to follow the smart people and move over to Python. It's free and there are lots of astronomy routines available, plus our undergrads at University of Delaware will all learn it in CISC 106, so I'll be able to use it for teaching too.
Last year I said the same thing but only got as far as installing everything. Starting today, I'm going to get through the Astronomy Python Tutorial.
These comments are my own personal opinions only and do not necessarily reflect the positions or opinions of my employer. All comments are based upon my current knowledge and my own personal experiences.
The image of the red dwarf (M dwarf) at the top of the blog was created by Robert Hurt.