Re: Questions


Dimension time = file.addDimension("time", 4, false, false, false);
Dimension time = file.addDimension("time", 4, true, false, false);
and your example work (at least it did for me with a slightly older jar).

as will
Dimension time = file.addDimension("time", 4);

AND !!!!!!

add a file.close() at the bottom to write the new values to disk!  create() 
makes the empty shell close() commits the writes to disk.

Can't fathom why the API allows a dimension to be created that cannot be 
shared, but it does.
Nor can I exactly fathom what it means for a dimension to be shared or not 
shared, but there it is.

The Unidata gang will set me straight I'm sure.


Michael Tiller wrote:

I'm evaluating a couple of different data storage schemes but I'm having
some difficulty with netCDF.  First, let me say that I am much happier
with the netCDF Java interface than with the way it is handled in HDF5. The fact that the netCDF stuff is not just 100% Java but also done the
way a Java interface would normally done has made getting started very easy.

However, I do have some problems.  I looked in the User's guide and
tried putting together some example code based on what is found in
Appendix A and I've run into several problems.  First let me list my
questions and comments and I'll include my sample code (written as a
JUnit TestCase) at the end:

  1. FYI, I'm using netCDF 2.2.12.
  2. The example code in the user's guide seems "out of date".  Some of
     the constructs (use of default constructor for
     NetcdfFileWriteable, use of Class object arguments in addVariable)
     are now deprecated in the library.
  3. Is there a "bug tracker" for netCDF?  Just sending stuff to a
     mailing list seems like a recipe for falling through the cracks.
  4. I get an error when trying to use the NetcdFileWriteable(String
     file) constructor (it says "Not a netCDF file" or something like
     that).  I added the fill argument and now things work?!?
  5. I'm trying to simple record some time series data.  So I created a
     dimension for "time" (i.e. a 1D dataset).  The idea (in the code
     below) is that "h" should be a function of "time".  Am I doing
     that write?  It doesn't seem like anything in that code
     distinguishes "time" as the independent variable!?!
  6. The ArrayDouble.D1 "helper" class seems like it could do much
     more.  It has special scalar get and set methods, but what about
     having "public double[] get()" and "public void set(double [] v)"
     methods!?!  It would make it much easier to initialize the data.
  7. I get messages about not being able to load Nexrad and Grib
     service providers.  What are those about?  Do I need those?  If
     not, can I shut those warnings off?
  8. The example code mentions a class called "ArrayAbstract" which
     would appear to be handy but I couldn't find it in the jar file.
  9. The *main problem* I'm having right now is that I get an error
     during "file.create()".  I get an "IllegalStateException" with the
     message "unknown Dimension ==  time = 4; // (has coord.var)".  Any

Overall, I'm pretty happy with the design of the system, what can be
expressed and the tie in with NcML (which I assume is still ongoing).  I
just wish I could get my sample code to work. :-)

Any help would be very much appreciated. Here is the sample code....


import junit.framework.TestCase;
import ucar.ma2.ArrayDouble;
import ucar.ma2.DataType;
import ucar.ma2.InvalidRangeException;
import ucar.nc2.Dimension;
import ucar.nc2.NetcdfFileWriteable;

public class TestNetCDF extends TestCase {
   public void testCreateData() {
       NetcdfFileWriteable file = null;
       file = new NetcdfFileWriteable("./", true);
Dimension time = file.addDimension("time", 4, false, false, false);
       Dimension dims[] = {time};
/* Add time */
       file.addVariable("time", DataType.DOUBLE, dims);
       file.addVariableAttribute("time", "quantity", "time");
       file.addVariableAttribute("time", "units", "s");
/* Add a dependent variable */
       file.addVariable("h", DataType.DOUBLE, dims);
       file.addVariableAttribute("h", "quantity", "Height");
       file.addVariableAttribute("h", "units", "m");
       try {
       } catch (IOException e) {
           fail("IOException on creation");
double td[] = {1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0};
       double hd[] = {0.0, 0.1, 0.3, 0.9};
       ArrayDouble.D1 ta = new ArrayDouble.D1(4);
       ArrayDouble.D1 ha = new ArrayDouble.D1(4);
       for(int i=0;i<4;i++) {
           ta.set(i, td[i]);
           ha.set(i, hd[i]);
try {
           file.write("time", ta);
       } catch (IOException e) {
           fail("IOException thrown while writing time");
       } catch (InvalidRangeException e) {
           fail("InvalidRangeException thrown while writing time");
try {
           file.write("h", ha);
       } catch (IOException e) {
           fail("IOException thrown while writing h");
       } catch (InvalidRangeException e) {
           fail("InvalidRangeException thrown while writing h");

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