Just wanted to add a word or two to Rob's excellent response...
From: "Rob Guglielmetti" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: May 27, 2005 7:17:07 AM PDT
If I have understood the RTCONTRIB description correctly, it has the
potential to change the way one deals with Radiancec quite drastically, it
sounds like an incredible valuable tool! How could I get my hands on it?
Indeed it does. As for obtaining the program, since Greg checked it in
yesterday, I'd guess that all you need to do is download the latest HEAD
release today and recompile. (?)
Yes, the latest version should be in today's HEAD dump. This is the one of the main benefits I enjoy from Peter's CVS setup -- I get a lot of help finding bugs early on, rather than just after an official release (the most embarrassing time to find them). The last version I checked in yesterday was:
rtcontrib.c,v 1.5 2005/05/26 21:35:35 greg Exp
You can verify this ID by checking the top of the file ray/src/util/rtcontrib.c after downloading the HEAD release. The SCONS scripts have not been updated, so you'll have to use rmake to build it.
//as a more personal question: c-shells? Have you been tempted by any of the
//p-languages (Python, Perl, Php)? Excuse me for not being a *nix guru, but
//I think it would be a good idea to code the c-shell scripts as a (Python?)
//module? Speaking for myself myself, but it would ease up scripting
//radiance considerably. Idea?
Programming languages/tools are like cars; they all excel at various
things, and people tend to gravitate to one or another for many different
reasons -- availability, cost, features, ease of use, adaptability, etc --
and everyone has a favorite. I'd think that the ideal language to use
here would depend on the programmer, and of course the exact nature of the
program being created to use RTCONTRIB.
There are plenty of Python People on this list, and Perl People too. But
if you poke around in some of the Radiance tools you'll also see that Greg
has been putting the C shell to good use in a number of ways. It's really
whatever you're comfy using.
In my case, it's a combination of "force of habit" with being uncertain whether everyone/all_machines have Perl and Python installed these days. I think they do, but I never learned either of these languages, so that holds me back as well. Most of the stuff I do in C-shell scripts is straightforward, or at least it starts out that way, otherwise I'd be writing a C program. The scripts do tend to look pretty ugly, though. (Not my fault -- you try to write a "pretty" C-shell script. I challenge you!) This also serves as a disincentive for scripting, which I think is a good thing, as it keeps the more complex tasks in a familiar C context.
Getting back to rtcontrib, the first script I have in mind might generate annual simulations (animations) of a particular view using daylight coefficients. I may get side-tracked for a while before I get that one together, though.
On Fri, May 27, 2005 6:21 am, Jelle Feringa / EZCT Architecture & > Design > Research said: