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Interactive Data Language

Interactive Data Language (IDL) is a high-level programming language for data analysis and visualization. IDL provides an interactive environment with support for array operations, mathematical functions, and graphics capabilities which allow users to explore their data quickly using visual representations. Originally developed by Research Systems Inc., IDL has been used in various scientific domains such as astronomy, atmospheric physics, medical imaging, and remote sensing. The language supports interfacing with other programming languages like C or Fortran through its Foreign Function Interface (FFI), thereby making it possible to incorporate existing codebases into new projects. While effective in its specialized field of scientific computing, the open-source alternatives have gained traction due largely to their wider community adoption and ecosystem expansion potential owing to being open source.

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