Getting Started with Julia

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  • Set up your Julia environment to achieve the highest productivity
  • Solve your tasks in a high-level dynamic language and use types for your data only when needed
  • Create your own types to extend the built-in type system
  • Visualize your data in IJulia with plotting packages
  • Explore the use of built-in macros for testing, debugging, benchmarking, and more
  • Apply Julia to tackle problems concurrently and in a distributed environment
  • Integrate with other languages such as C, Python, and MATLAB

Julia is a new open source programming language that is used in the field of data science computing. It was created to solve the dilemma between high-level slow code and fast but low-level code, and the necessity to use both to achieve high performance. This book will give you a head start to tackle your numerical and data problems with Julia. Your journey will begin by learning how to set up a running Julia platform before exploring its various built-in types. You will then move on to cover the different functions and constructs in Julia. The book will then walk you through the two important collection types—arrays and matrices. Over the course of the book, you will also be introduced to homoiconicity, the meta-programming concept in Julia.

Towards the concluding part of the book, you will also learn how to run external programs. This book will cover all you need to know about Julia to leverage its high speed and efficiency.

  • Work with Julia in a multi-core, distributed, and networked environment
  • Learn the techniques to create blazingly fast programs with Julia
  • The book walks you through various practical examples to get to grips with Julia
Page Count 214
Course Length 6 hours 25 minutes
ISBN 9781783284795
Date Of Publication 26 Feb 2015


Ivo Balbaert

Ivo Balbaert has been a lecturer in web programming and databases at CVO Antwerpen, a community college in Belgium. He received a Ph.D. in applied physics from the University of Antwerp in 1986. He worked for 20 years in the software industry as a developer and consultant in several companies, and for 10 years as project manager at the University Hospital of Antwerp. From 2000 onwards, he switched to partly teaching and partly developing software (at KHM Mechelen, CVO Antwerpen). He also wrote an introductory book in Dutch about developing in Ruby and Rails, Programmeren met Ruby en Rails, by Van Duuren Media. In 2012, he authored a book on the Go programming language, The Way To Go, by IUniverse. He wrote a number of introductory books for new programming languages, notably Dart, Julia, Rust, and Red, all published by Packt.