I guess it really comes down to what clients you have and how old. Any
clients relying upon sufficiently recent versions of the C or Java netCDF
libraries will be able to handle both. While everyone may be more
familiar/comfortable with netcdf 3, I'm not sure what clients are in active
use in your user-base that rely on an independent implementation of NetCDF
support. In my experience, such code (independent netcdf implemetnation) is
On Tue, Nov 18, 2014 at 11:48 AM, Aaron Braeckel <braeckel@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hmmm my particular use case does not require both netCDF 3 and 4. I think
> the more difficult portion is advertising what is being offered by the
> service to consumers. When a web service says it returns "netcdf" what
> does that mean? Is that netCDF 3 or 4? As the size of the consumer base
> gets larger their assumptions will differ regarding what
> "application/x-netcdf" might mean.
> In my community I do not see clear signs that usage of netCDF 3 is exactly
> disappearing, but perhaps you have a broader sense of how rapidly that may
> be happening.
> On Tue, Nov 18, 2014 at 11:24 AM, Ryan May <rmay@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> The NetCDF's intention was to use the single mimetype to cover both
>> versions and make the version an transparent detail. Since the NetCDF
>> library (and NetCDF-java) handle the different versions transparently, I'm
>> curious: what is your use case for continuing to return netcdf 3 files?
>> On Fri, Nov 14, 2014 at 1:27 PM, Aaron Braeckel <braeckel@xxxxxxxx>
>>> an earlier thread was asking about the official netCDF mime type:
>>> This is pretty straightforward, but not as clear when it relates to netCDF
>>> 4. I use web services that need to both advertise file formats through a
>>> mime type as well as allow for data to be requested in a variety of formats
>>> through a mime type. Is there a suggested way of discriminating between
>>> netCDF 3 and 4 through mime types?
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