Institute of Astronomy

Programming in Astronomy

Published on 03/01/2013 
Question: 

What computer programming languages do astronomers use? IDL? Java? C++? C#? Ada?

The programming languages used in astronomy are somewhat down to the preferences of the individual astronomer, however I think it would be fair to say that the most commonly used ones are IDL, C/C++ and Fortran, though Python is becoming more and more popular as well.

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