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IRIS Explorer's visual programming environment enables you to create customised applications simply by selecting from the library of 'modules' (software routines) included and connecting them together, without writing a single line of code. The application can be altered and updated just as simply. This enables you to interactively analyse collections of data and visualise the results for analysis, presentations or publication. Each module is interactively controlled by a set of dials, buttons, sliders and file browsers, which are displayed on a control panel and can be altered while the application is running.
You can develop your own modules or use NAG's Consultancy Service (External) to write modules tailored to your particular requirements. These modules provide an easy way to share functionality, without the need to understand the underlying program or algorithm.
Online IRIS Explorer documentation is included with the product installation in hyper-text (HTML) format. It can be viewed using a standard web-browser such as Netscape Navigator or Microsoft Internet Explorer. The online docmentation comprises:
- IRIS Explorer Tutorial Guide (this document)
- IRIS Explorer User's Guide
- IRIS Explorer Module Writer's Guide
- IRIS Explorer Collaborative Visualisation User's Guide
- IRIS Explorer Reference Pages (help for each module and interface call)
- IRIS Explorer FAQ Pages (frequently asked questions with answers)
These documents are also available on the NAG web site (External).
Some of the manuals may also be available in printed form. Contact your nearest IRIS Explorer Center for further information (see Getting More Information below).
Various interactive demonstrations, illustrating how to perform certain tasks in IRIS Explorer, are available via the FAQ Pages. The demos contain a running commentry that explains what is happening in the map at each step. You can step through a demo interactively or leave it to play automatically. The demo can be paused at any point and the current state of the map saved for later recall, if desired.
These demonstrations and the example maps provided with the IRIS Explorer system can be used as a starting point for your own applications.
To help you get the most from IRIS Explorer, NAG runs two comprehensive, hands-on training courses (External) for current and potential users of IRIS Explorer.
- Getting Started with IRIS Explorer
This two-day course shows you how to start building and using applications to visualise your data. No knowledge of IRIS Explorer or programming is assumed. The course describes what IRIS Explorer does, how data is represented within the system, how to construct applications from software building blocks (modules), and how to read data into IRIS Explorer. The course cost includes comprehensive notes and lunch.
- Working with IRIS Explorer
This two-day course enables you to learn the more advanced features of the software. In particular, it focuses on building new modules to extend the functionality of the system. It is assumed that the user has a working knowledge of IRIS Explorer (or has attended the Getting Started with IRIS Explorer training course) and can program in C and/or Fortran 77. The course describes some of the advanced features of the Map Editor, the module building environment, and the IRIS Explorer data types in detail. It also describes Shape, an interpreted language which can be used to quickly build and prototype new IRIS Explorer modules. The course cost includes comprehensive notes and lunch.
These courses are available in Europe, North America and Japan. They can also be arranged for other parts of the world. Further information including prices and scheduled course dates can be obtained from your nearest IRIS Explorer center (see Getting More Information below).
NAG offers a consultancy service which can range from short-term module writing through to full application implementations. The modular nature of IRIS Explorer means that it is easy for NAG IRIS Explorer consultants to customise the product to meet your particular needs.
Modules can be developed for range of requirements, such as
- developing customised format file readers
- porting existing legacy C or FORTRAN code into IRIS Explorer
- adding new visualisation techniques
- tailoring the mathematical algorithm set
In addition, the Consultancy Service can, for example
- develop fully specified applications
- provide "on the job" training
- run training events (using the NAG training facilities or your location)
- provide technical input for projects involving IRIS Explorer
IRIS Explorer Center (Worldwide)
United Kingdom, OX2 8DR
IRIS Explorer Center (North America)
1400 Opus Place, Suite 200
IRIS Explorer Center (Japan)
Yaesu Nagaoka Building No. 6
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