Other classes needed when writing an IOSP

To implement an IOSP, you will likely need to be familiar with the following classes:


The class ucar.unidata.io.RandomAccessFile is a cover for java.io.RandomAccessFile, which it (usually) uses underneath. It additionally implements user-settable buffer sizes, files with both big and little endianness, reading multiple Charsets, and several other methods to improve the API.

There are subclasses of RandomAccessFile such as HTTPRandomAccessFile and InMemoryRandomAccessFile, which deal with remote HTTP files and memory resident files. Use of these subclasses is transparent to an IOSP.

A summary of the public methods that may useful to an IOSP:

public class ucar.unidata.io.RandomAccessFile {
    public static final int BIG_ENDIAN;
    public static final int LITTLE_ENDIAN;

    // Constructors
    public RandomAccessFile(String location, String mode) throws IOException;
    public RandomAccessFile(String location, String mode, int buffer_size) throws IOException;

    public void close() throws IOException;
    public String getLocation();
    public void order(int endian); // set to BIG_ENDIAN or LITTLE_ENDIAN

    // file position
    public long getFilePointer() throws IOException;
    public long length() throws IOException;
    public void seek(long filePos) throws IOException;
    public int skipBytes(int nbytes) throws IOException;

    // read
    public int read() throws IOException;
    public int read(byte[] arr) throws IOException;
    public int read(byte[] arr, int start, int n) throws IOException;
    public byte readByte() throws IOException;

    public final double readDouble() throws IOException;
    public final void readDouble(double[] arr, int start, int n) throws IOException;

    public final float readFloat() throws IOException;
    public final void readFloat(float[] arr, int start, int n) throws IOException;

    public final int readInt() throws IOException;
    public final void readInt(int[] arr, int start, int n) throws IOException;

    public final long readLong() throws IOException;
    public final void readLong(long[]
    arr, int start, int n) throws IOException;

    public final short readShort() throws IOException;
    public final void readShort(short[] arr, int start, int n) throws IOException;

    // read unsigned, promote to int
    public final int readUnsignedShort() throws IOException;
    public final int readUnsignedByte() throws IOException;

    // read Strings
    public final String readLine() throws IOException;
    public final String readUTF() throws IOException;
    public String readString(int nbytes) throws IOException;



A ucar.ma2.Array is a way to work with multidimensional arrays in a type and rank general way.

public abstract class Array {

    public static Array factory(ucar.ma2.DataType type, int[] shape);
    public static Array factory(java.lang.Class class, int[] shape);
    public static Array factory(java.lang.Class class, int[] shape, java.lang.Object jarray);
    public static Array factory(java.lang.Object jarray);

    public int getRank();
    public int[] getShape();
    public long getSize();
    public abstract java.lang.Class getElementType();
    public abstract java.lang.Object getStorage();

    public ucar.ma2.Index getIndex();
    public ucar.ma2.IndexIterator getIndexIterator();

    public static void arraycopy(Array, int, Array, int, int);
    public Array copy();
    public java.lang.Object get1DJavaArray(java.lang.Class);
    public java.lang.Object copyTo1DJavaArray();
    public java.lang.Object copyToNDJavaArray();

    public Array flip(int);
    public Array transpose(int, int);
    public Array permute(int[]);
    public Array reshape(int[]);
    public Array reduce();
    public Array reduce(int);
    public Array section(java.util.List<Range> section) throws InvalidRangeException;
    public Array sectionNoReduce(java.util.List<Range> section) throws InvalidRangeException;
    public Array slice(int, int);

    public abstract double getDouble(ucar.ma2.Index);
    public abstract void setDouble(ucar.ma2.Index, double);
    public abstract float getFloat(ucar.ma2.Index);
    public abstract void setFloat(ucar.ma2.Index, float);
    public abstract long getLong(ucar.ma2.Index);
    public abstract void setLong(ucar.ma2.Index, long);
    public abstract int getInt(ucar.ma2.Index);
    public abstract void setInt(ucar.ma2.Index, int);
    public abstract short getShort(ucar.ma2.Index);
    public abstract void setShort(ucar.ma2.Index, short);
    public abstract byte getByte(ucar.ma2.Index);
    public abstract void setByte(ucar.ma2.Index, byte);
    public abstract char getChar(ucar.ma2.Index);
    public abstract void setChar(ucar.ma2.Index, char);
    public abstract boolean getBoolean(ucar.ma2.Index);
    public abstract void setBoolean(ucar.ma2.Index, boolean);
    public abstract java.lang.Object getObject(ucar.ma2.Index);
    public abstract void setObject(ucar.ma2.Index, java.lang.Object);

Typically an IOSP will create the underlying primitive Java array, then wrap it in an Array using Array.factory, for example:

// To make an Array object for data in a Variable, v:
int size = (int) v.getSize();
short[] jarray = new short[size];
// ...
// read data into jarray
// ...
Array data = Array.factory(v.getDataType(), v.getShape(), jarray);

A Section is a container for a List of Range objects:

 public class ucar.ma2.Section {
   public List<Range> getRanges();
   public int[] getOrigin();
   public int[] getShape();
   public int[] getStride();

When you do end up working with an Array, you will get an Index or IndexIterator from the Array to access individual elements of the Array. An IndexIterator iterates over each element of the Array in canonical order.

Array data = Array.factory(v.getDataType(), v.getShape());
IndexIterator ii = data.getIndexIterator();
while (ii.hasNext()) {

Or, using an Index:

Array data = Array.factory(DataType.DOUBLE, new int[] {5, 190});
Index ima = data.getIndex();
for (int i = 0; i < 190; i++) {
  ima.set(0, i); // set index 0
  for (int j = 0; j < 5; j++) {
    ima.set(1, j); // set index 1
    data.setDouble(ima, raf.readDouble());

If you know the rank and type of the Array, it is both convenient and more efficient to use the rank and type specific subclasses:

ArrayDouble.D2 data = new ArrayDouble.D2(190, 5);
for (int i = 0; i < 190; i++)
  for (int j = 0; j < 5; j++)
    data.set(i, j, raf.readDouble());

The type specific Arrays are:
ArrayBoolean, ArrayByte, ArrayChar, ArrayDouble, ArrayFloat, ArrayInt, ArrayLong, ArrayObject and ArrayShort.
ArrayObject is used for the String DataType.

Each of these have rank specific subtypes rank 0 through rank 7, so for example:
ArrayDouble.D0, ArrayDouble.D1, ArrayDouble.D2, ArrayDouble.D3, ArrayDouble.D4, ArrayDouble.D5, ArrayDouble.D6, ArrayDouble.D7.

There is also ArrayStructure, but this is handled differently from the numeric and String types. See ArrayStructures.


The class ucar.ma2.DataType is a type-safe enumeration of data types for the CDM and include the following types:

public class ucar.ma2.DataType extends java.lang.Object{
    public static final ucar.ma2.DataType BOOLEAN;
    public static final ucar.ma2.DataType BYTE;
    public static final ucar.ma2.DataType CHAR;
    public static final ucar.ma2.DataType SHORT;
    public static final ucar.ma2.DataType INT;
    public static final ucar.ma2.DataType LONG;
    public static final ucar.ma2.DataType FLOAT;
    public static final ucar.ma2.DataType DOUBLE;

    public static final ucar.ma2.DataType SEQUENCE;
    public static final ucar.ma2.DataType STRING;
    public static final ucar.ma2.DataType STRUCTURE;

    public static final ucar.ma2.DataType ENUM1; // byte
    public static final ucar.ma2.DataType ENUM2; // short
    public static final ucar.ma2.DataType ENUM3; // int

    public static final ucar.ma2.DataType OPAQUE; // byte blobs
    public static final ucar.ma2.DataType OBJECT;

    public static final ucar.ma2.DataType UBYTE;
    public static final ucar.ma2.DataType USHORT;
    public static final ucar.ma2.DataType UINT;
    public static final ucar.ma2.DataType ULONG;