resetting a DisplayImpl with new data

Hello Bill and the VisAD list,

i'm having a problem "resetting" a display and associating it with a new
data set.  What i'd like to do is choose a set of data to render to a
DisplayImplJ3D from a menu (the menus are all set up).  When the user
chooses the set of data from the menu, the application should go and read
and load the new data from another data file and renderer it (using the
same display and controls).  Here is the code i have, but it's missing
some key ingredient to relink the display and contour widget with the new
data.  i tried to isolate the code necessary to reassociate the new data
with the old display, but it doesn't seem to work:

    private UserInterface ui = null;/* contains display and contour widget */

    private RealTupleType headLocation3D;
    private RealType      density;
    private FunctionType  gridFunction;
    private float[][]     data; 
    private Integer3DSet  integer3DSet;
    private FlatField     field;
    private DisplayImplJ3D display;
     * constructor, called from this.main() method
    public ARrenderer() { }

    public ARrenderer(String[] args)
      throws RemoteException, VisADException {

        ui      = new UserInterface(this);
        display = ui.getDisplay();

        RealType[] types3D = {RealType.XAxis, RealType.YAxis,RealType.ZAxis};
        headLocation3D = new RealTupleType(types3D );

        density      = new RealType("density", null, null);
        gridFunction = new FunctionType(headLocation3D, density); 

        createField("headLevel2floats.ascii", 8 , 8, 8);
     * @param fileName -the file to read the new data from
     * @param rows    -the number of rows    in the volume data
     * @param columns -the number of columns in the volume data
     * @param layers  -the number of layers  in the volume data
    public void createField(String fileName, 
                            int rows, int columns, int layers) throws 
                                            RemoteException,VisADException {

        integer3DSet = new Integer3DSet(headLocation3D, rows, columns,layers);

        field = new FlatField(gridFunction, integer3DSet);
        field.setSamples(initializeData(fileName, rows, columns, layers));

        initializeMaps(display); /* must come before dataRef */
        DataReferenceImpl grid3DdataRef = new DataReferenceImpl("ref_grid3D");
        display.addReference(grid3DdataRef, null);
     * This method reads the new data from a file.
     * @param fileName -the file to read the new data from
     * @param rows    -the number of rows    in the volume data
     * @param columns -the number of columns in the volume data
     * @param layers  -the number of layers  in the volume data
    private float[][] initializeData(String fileName, 
                                     int rows, int columns, int layers) {

        data = new float[1][rows * columns * layers];
        data = (new ASCIIfloatReader(rows, columns, layers)).run(fileName);
        return data;
     * @param -the display to add the maps to
    private int initializeMaps(DisplayImplJ3D display) throws
        RemoteException, VisADException {

        display.addMap(new ScalarMap(RealType.YAxis, Display.YAxis));
        display.addMap(new ScalarMap(RealType.XAxis, Display.XAxis));
        display.addMap(new ScalarMap(RealType.ZAxis, Display.ZAxis));
        display.addMap(new ScalarMap(density,        Display.Red));
        display.addMap(new ConstantMap(0.5, Display.Blue ));
        display.addMap(new ConstantMap(0.5, Display.Green));
        ScalarMap map1contour = new ScalarMap(density, Display.IsoContour);
        return 0;

-cheers, bob

PS Thanks to Bill Hibbard for answering my last question(s).

Robert S Laramee        tel:    (603) 868-1361 (new as of 19 Jan '00)
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