Easy Web Interfaces to IDL Code for NSTX Data Analysis

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Reusing code is a well-known Software Engineering practice to substantially increase the efficiency of code production, as well as to reduce errors and debugging time. A variety of "Web Tools" for the analysis and display of raw and analyzed physics data are in use on NSTX [1], and new ones can be produced quickly from existing IDL [2] code. A Web Tool with only a few inputs, and which calls an IDL routine written in the proper style, can be created in less than an hour; more typical Web Tools with dozens of inputs, and the need for some adaptation ... continued below

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Davis, W.M. August 16, 2011.

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Reusing code is a well-known Software Engineering practice to substantially increase the efficiency of code production, as well as to reduce errors and debugging time. A variety of "Web Tools" for the analysis and display of raw and analyzed physics data are in use on NSTX [1], and new ones can be produced quickly from existing IDL [2] code. A Web Tool with only a few inputs, and which calls an IDL routine written in the proper style, can be created in less than an hour; more typical Web Tools with dozens of inputs, and the need for some adaptation of existing IDL code, can be working in a day or so. Efficiency is also increased for users of Web Tools because o f the familiar interface of the web browser, and not needing X-windows, accounts, passwords, etc. Web Tools were adapted for use by PPPL physicists accessing EAST data stored in MDSplus with only a few man-weeks of effort; adapting to additional sites should now be even easier. An overview of Web Tools in use on NSTX, and a list of the most useful features, is also presented.

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  • 8th IAEA Technical Meeting on Controlled Data Acquisition and Remote Participation for Fusion Research, San Francisco, CA (June 20-24, 2011)

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  • Report No.: PPPL-4658
  • Grant Number: DE-ACO2-09CH11466
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Davis, W.M. Easy Web Interfaces to IDL Code for NSTX Data Analysis, article, August 16, 2011; Princeton, New Jersey. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc844338/: accessed November 15, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.