Unverified Commit 1207059e authored by Somnath, Suhas's avatar Somnath, Suhas Committed by GitHub
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More notes on writing translators

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# * Steps 1-3 would be performed anyway in order to begin data analysis
# * The actual pycroscopy translation step are reduced to just 3-4 lines in step 4.
# * A modular / formal version of this translator has been implemented as a class in pycroscopy as the AscTranslator
# found at: https://github.com/pycroscopy/pycroscopy/blob/master/pycroscopy/io/translators/omicron_asc.py .
# This custom translator packages the same code used above into functions that focus on the individual tasks such
# as extracting parameters, reading data, and writing to h5. Once the necessary pieces (parameters, data) are gathered,
# the h5 file can be written very easily using pycroscopy.io.Translator 's .simple_write() function.
# The NumpyTranslator used above uses the very same .simple_write() function underneath to write its data as well.
# * There are many benefits to writing such a formal Translator class instead of standalone scripts like this including:
# * Unlike such a stand-alone script, a Translator class in the package can be used by everyone repeatedly
# * The custom Translator class can ensure consistency when translating multiple files.
# * A single, robust Translator class can handle the finer variations / modes in the data. See the IgorIBWTranslator
# as an example - https://github.com/pycroscopy/pycroscopy/blob/master/pycroscopy/io/translators/igor_ibw.py.
# * While this approach is feasible and encouraged for simple and small data, it may be necessary to use lower level
# calls to write efficient translators
# calls to write efficient translators. As an example, please see the BEPSndfTranslator at:
# https://github.com/pycroscopy/pycroscopy/blob/master/pycroscopy/io/translators/beps_ndf.py
# * We have found python packages online to open a few proprietary file formats and have written translators using these
# packages. If you are having trouble reading the data in your files and cannot find any packages online, consider
# contacting the manufacturer of the instrument which generated the data in the proprietary format for help.
#
# Verifying the newly written H5 file:
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