[Spice_announce] Three Questions
Charles H. Acton
Charles.H.Acton at jpl.nasa.gov
Tue Aug 7 11:11:37 PDT 2007
Dear SPICE Users-
The following has to do with determining SPICE user's interest in:
1) SPICE customers using the SPICE Toolkit with their own FORTRAN 95 code
2) a Python interface to the SPICE Toolkit;
3) a JAVA Native Interface (JNI) to the SPICE Toolkit.
1) NAIF received several inquires concerning use of the current
SPICELIB (FORTRAN) distribution in an F95 environment and the
availability of a F95 native version of SPICELIB routines. NAIF tried
one or two F95 compilers in this scenario. They compiled the F77
SPICELIB library, NAIF utilities, and the tspice test application
(this includes the 4.2 version of gfortran, though not supported by
NAIF) when using the appropriate compile flags to process F77 code.
So it appears SPICELIB should link in an F95 project without
problems, although NAIF cannot guarantee this.
NAIF does not intend to provide an F95 native version of the SPICELIB
toolkit as there doesn't seem to be enough interest to warrant
spending time on this versus working on other programming
environments (see below), and, since it appears customers can get by
with using the F77 library.
If you have any comments on the above, please reply to the NAIF
manager (charles.acton at jpl.nasa.gov). You could also cc the the
spice_discussion mailman list (spice_discussion at naif.jpl.nasa.gov) to
place your thoughts in this public forum.
2) and 3) NAIF has had some inquiries about Python and JAVA
interfaces to SPICE. We have in fact done quite a bit of work on the
Python interface and on a JAVA Native Interface (JNI). (We have no
plans to re-do the Toolkit from the bottom up in JAVA.)
We're contemplating completing both of these products, including all
of the necessary test code and updates to Toolkit documentation and
tutorials, so they could be added to the officially supported SPICE
programming environments. However, since achieving this "officially
supported" status will entail a good deal more work, NAIF feels it is
prudent to first get some sense for the level of interest in both of
- Python SPICE
- JNI SPICE
(If interested in both, which is of greater interest?)
Please provide any feedback to the NAIF manager (charles.acton at jpl.nasa.gov).
Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
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