prototype of my x-y style plotter / wrapper


Because of security reasons I don't have a place to put
things on the web site in my institute. So put the prototype
of my wrapper classes in

I am putting them on the web hoping someone will find them
useful and hoping I can collect suggestions. There are
that I haven't had time to implement, and I am a hundred percent
sure there are better ways to implement how the plots are made.
If you can borther to try it, read the JavaDocs and even browse
through the source code (I hope they are easy readings) and make
suggestions I will be very grateful.

Anyone can use these code for non-commercial purposes provided
the copyright notices are included. At the moment
I don't have the time to stick one of the GNU lisences in it
and if there are other credit notices I didn't include 
but I should please let me know. It's a "what-do-you-think?"
release that is not to any formal extend.
I will be traveling starting from this weekend until next
January, during which I might not have much time working on them.
If you find anything in it actually useful, it's what I give
back to the helpful VisAD community. It's my intention
that this package can give general users one more choice
to use VisAD.

here is the equally quick and dirty 00Readme.txt

This package is a quick and dirty prototype. It is an attempt to make
it easy for java programmers and end users to make X-Y style line
and to control the rendation of the plot, using VisAD.

To put it in plain terms, the plotter accepts multiple "plottable"
each of which can have multiple Y values and one set of X values. If
only have one set of X values, the plotter can directly accept the X
Y arrays without requiring you to make the plottable object first (it
makes an internal one for you).

1) To install:
You need to down load VisAD jar at
Put the jar file on your local system if you don't have one
already, and put the file name with its full path in your CLASSPATH
environment variable.

see VisAD home page at for more details on

compile it by

javac *.java

a) run the Example. It's a mini demo. To run it type:

 java herschel.spire.qla.plot.Example

and look at the screen after the window pops out and press <enter>
when it asks.

b) to play with it in Jython (or VisAD's Jython editor):

type this in Jython command line (I use ">>>" for the Jython prompt):

>>>from java.awt import Color
>>>from visad import *

first, if you don't have anything to plot, this plotter will make
some junk data
to plot for you, just for testing.

>>> p=PlotVisAD2D()

you can play with it: (see javeDoc of PlotVisAD2D for more options)
for example:

>>> p.setBackgroundColor(Color.yellow)

There are many more things (about 18 so far) you can set. you need to
look at the javaDocs for . Note some part
the direct manipulation ) haven't been implemented.

You can plot some data with a one-liner

>>> p=PlotVisAD2D([0,1,3,4,6],[[4,2,2,3.5,0]],"foo",["bar"])

or a more relaxed

>>> x = [0,1,3,4,6]
>>> d0 = [4,2,2,3.5,0]
>>> d1 = [1,0,1,0,2]
>>> p=PlotVisAD2D(x,[d1, d2],"foo",["bar"],

Note that after "bar" the name of the data set d1 is not given. "Y1"
is used.

If you see setXXX()/getXXX() method pairs in,
you can use
xXX (lower case for the first letter) like how the "boxColor" is
Of course you can also do like

>>> p.setBoxColor(

after the plot is constructed.

To control the scale rendation, you need to first get the
ScaleControl for that
At this point it's better to look at the source code of
to figure out. It's all quite simple, for example in
there are
these lines:

        ScaleControlVisAD2D sc1 = p2.getYScaleControl(0,0);

so in Jython you can, after making a plot called "p" above,

>>> sc1 = p.getYScaleControl(0,0)
>>> sc1.setSnapToBox(0);

the "0,0" in getYScaleControl() is for the "plottable" id, and the Y
id in that
plottable. They all count from 0.

To control an individual data line (a pair of X and Y data set), you
the control of it e.g.

>>> lc = p.getLineControl(0,0)

then do something like

>>> lc.setLineWidth(2.0f)

Almost anything can be changed programtically (like in
can be changed
in Jython.

4) note that I haven't implemented drawing data points for each data
sets at the moment.

Maohai Huang
Dec 6, 2002

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