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=head1 Contents of the PDL Book
Here is the table of contents and suggested reading order for the PDL
=head2 Table of Contents
=item L<PDL::Book::FirstSteps|PDL::Book::FirstSteps> Trying out PDL for the first time.
=item L<PDL::Book::Piddle|PDL::Book::Piddle> What is a PDL object?
=item L<PDL::Book::Creating|PDL::Book::Creating> Basic Operations to make PDLs
=item L<PDL::Book::NiceSlice|PDL::Book::NiceSlice> Cutting out bits of a PDL
=item L<PDL::Book::Functions|PDL::Book::Functions> Writing your own functions for PDL
=item L<PDL::Book::Threading|PDL::Book::Threading> Threading and Getting rid of FOR loops
=item L<PDL::Book::PGPLOT|PDL::Book::PGPLOT> Graphics with PGPLOT
=item L<PDL::Book::PLplot|PDL::Book::PLplot> Graphics with PLplot
=item L<PDL::Book::TriD|PDL::Book::TriD> 3D Graphics with TriD
=item L<PDL::Book::Transform|PDL::Book::Transform> Rotating, Scaling and Translating with PDL::Transform
=item L<PDL::Book::Complex|PDL::Book::Complex> Complex Numbers
=item L<PDL::Book::Pthreads|PDL::Book::Pthreads> Parallel Computations with pthreads
=item L<PDL::Book::PP|PDL::Book::PP> Getting C routines into PDL with PDL::PP
=item L<PDL::Book::Genesis|PDL::Book::Genesis> A history lesson on PDL from the creator, Karl Glazebrook.
=item L<PDL::Book::Credits|PDL::Book::Credits> Credits for the Book
=head2 Suggested Reading Orders
We assume you know Perl, but that you are new to PDL.
First, try out the PDL command line by going through FirstSteps. PDL has
several ways of displaying two-dimensional images and producing
publication quality plots, and so we have PGPLOT and PLplot for
producing two dimensional plots either in a computer window or as
written file formats (PostScript, PNG, JPEG and more), and we also have
the capability to produce three dimensional plots in TriD.
The power of PDL is in the ability to carry out threading (known as
broadcasting in Python) over N-dimensional PDLs. When you code with
threading you eliminate the multiple FOR loops that are the source of
many slow-downs in code. Reading Threading and Functions will get you up
to speed and in the right mind-set.
If you require the speed of C routines in your PDL code, there is also
the powerful PDL:PP capability of PDL - you can write C code INLINE in
your PDL code, and it will be compiled and run when you call your
PDL is primarily used by scientists who want access to Scientific
libraries and data types, so we have Complex numbers handled by PDL and
the capabilities of PDL::Transform, the Slatec libraries accessible in
PDL::Slatec, and any other libraries that you can access through Perl.