Wednesday, March 11, 2015

5 Minute Functions - 2

I haven't stopped coding, I've just stopped talking about it.  Again more a function of the fact that I doubt anybody really cares.  I noticed the other day that I have slightly over 300 python programs that have accumulated over the years.  Certainly there are the ones I am really proud of like the ones that translate a Vr file into a KML file or a TIN into  LandXML format because of the crucially useful functionality they add.  Then there are the ones I use multiple times an hour, like double points on a line, drive to points by user specified parameters, storing helpful window states, adding clamping points to DTM lines, and on it goes.  Lately I have noticed that I also just stop sometimes and write a quick program because as I mentioned in a previous post of a similar title, I can spend 5 minutes programming and save 15 minutes (and lots of wear and tear on the mouse clicking finger).  Not only is it worth it but it is also fun, keeps my brain lubricated, and gives me a base in case I find the task useful and want to come back later to add options, dialogs, or arguments that would make it more universal.

Here is an example, I have a few thousand points that got dumped into a file without regard to any distinction.  about 300 of them would be really helpful if they were in a certain layer and I don't want to miss any of them.  The only thing that makes them different is that there is a common string of text inside the feature code.  There may very well be an easy way to do this with Vr, but after a couple of tries I couldn't come up with a parameter that worked so I thought, "why not just write a quick script?".  In this instance I'll just hard code the search string and resulting changes. If I find it useful I may come back later and add a simple dialog to make it more agile.

print ' modified 6:23 AM 3/11/2015'
# Globally change something based on text in it's feature code
Copyright 2015 Dennis Shimer
No warranties as to safety or usability expressed or implied.
Free to use, copy, modify, distribute with author credit.

Simple beginning of a function to change entities based on their
feature code.

Variables of interest:
for EntNum in range ( Ws.GetSymCount(WsNum)):
    Sym.Load (WsNum, EntNum)
    if Sym.GetFc().lower().count(' fh'):
        print EntNum
print ('\a')

 It started out as about a half dozen lines in pyedi and doesn't amount to much more now. Nothing fancy, just something I can come back to if I need it again, and in this case it really helped.

I don't know, maybe I'll just start dumping more of these here. Doesn't hurt anything and though most of them aren't universally interesting it might give somebody an idea.

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