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Useful Documentation

We’ve put these reference documents together for general knowledge or use in computer seminars. If you have suggestions for other things to make life easier, please let us know!

  • Survival Guide

    A compilation of useful tips to help new students get through the first few weeks at the University of Maryland. —Brian Vant-Hull

  • HTML / Web Page Design

    The basics of making your own web page. — Brian Vant-Hull

  • Unix / Linux / VI short reference pages

    A number of people have put together short reference pages for this operating system, including introductions to the VI editing system. Some of these will refer you to more comprehensive compilations. Though much of the information is redundant, various presentations will suit different tastes, and so we offer them all.


    • Introduction to FORTRANGeneral comments and basic programming tips. — Steven Chan
    • Fortran Seminar NotesDetailed notes and examples for writing and running FORTRAN programs on the METO system. — Chian-Yi Liu
    • From FORTRAN to GrADSAn example of how to use FORTRAN to write files readable for plotting by GrADS. — Wallace Hogsett
  • GrADS

    An introduction to the only display system designed specifically for meteorology. — Brian Vant-Hull

  • IDL

    • Introduction to IDLThis will get you started on the Image Display Language — Brian Vant-Hull, Rob Levy
    • Coding IDL for Speed and Memory ManagementA set of examples for how to improve the speed of your codes and preserve memory. Much of these concepts are applicable to other languages. — Brian Vant-Hull
    • Looking at Satellite Data using IDLa simple sample program that demonstrates basic tasks. You can get the source code for this and the required ‘’ and ‘’ subroutines from HERE.
  • Data I/O in various formats

  • Computing Concepts

    A guide to basics concepts, structured programming, and data management. For those who have never had a modern computing class, the ideas outlined in here may make your life much easier. — Brian Vant-Hull, Sandra Martinka