Autoplot from source
1. Building on command line using Ant
Ant is a build system for Java, similar to the old "make" command. This assumes that you have Java 1.6 and Apache Ant version 1.8.2 available.
The svn for Autoplot is https://svn.code.sf.net/p/autoplot/code/autoplot/trunk. Tagged versions are in https://svn.code.sf.net/p/autoplot/code/autoplot/tags. Branch versions are in https://svn.code.sf.net/p/autoplot/code/autoplot/branches but are rarely used.
svn co https://svn.code.sf.net/p/autoplot/code/autoplot/trunk/ autoplot
Check out the sources with Netbeans or some other svn client into the directory "autoplot"
There are a number Netbeans projects that can be built with ant. They are:
- VirboAutoplot -- Autoplot gui and application model
- CDFDataSource -- support for CDF.
- JythonDataSource -- dataset mashups using python code.
- WavDataSource -- the result of the wav tutorial
- DataSourcePack -- a number of data sources, including NetCDF, excel, and ascii tables.
- DataSource -- data source plugin interface and utilities.
- QDataSet -- the data model that unifies various data media into one uniform model.
- APLibs -- an empty project with no sources, but all the libraries (jar files like iText for PDF) needed are in APLibs/libs.
The "src" directory of each of these folders contains the java source code. Together these should show nicely what's going on under the hood.
Das2 is the library that provides interactive 2D graphics. It comes from a different svn, but should be checked out automatically along with the Autoplot source from SourceForge.
To build using ant, change into the VirboAutoplot project, and run: "ant jar". The default target will compile all sub projects, and the resulting jar files will be in dist.
cd autoplot/VirboAutoplot ant jar
To run the Autoplot you have built, in the VirboAutoplot folder try:
2. Building in Netbeans
Purpose: this document describes the process of checking out and building Autoplot using the Netbeans IDE from Sun.
Netbeans 7.3 has been used for quite a while as the primary platform for development, and newer versions work as well. developer.nb73
This document assumes you have installed Netbeans 7.3 on your desktop. Subversion is included within Netbeans.
The images here are of Netbeans 6.9, but the procedure with newer versions will be similar. Netbeans is freely available at the Netbeans website.
Netbeans out-of-the-box looks something like this.
Use Subversion to checkout the Autoplot source. Versioning->Subversion->Checkout...
Select "Skip trunk and checkout only its content..."
Specify the location for the source on your desktop.
Netbeans detects the projects within. There are many projects, each corresponds to a jar file (similar to a .so or .dll) that provides access to a new data source, implements the GUI, the data model, etc.
Select "VirboAutoplot", or more if you are interested.
VirboAutoplot appears in the projects tab.
The project label is red because it is missing the dasCore library. Newer versions of Netbeans will correctly check this out.
right-click on the project and select "Build."
It should take a minute or two to build the first time.
The build was successful.
We can run it by right-clicking on the project and selecting "Run"
From the Autoplot menubar, select Help->About Autoplot. This will show all the resources the application is using.
Select the "Files" tab to look at the files within each project.
Under the VirboAutoplot project, in the folder "dist," you'll find the jar files the Netbeans build has created.
2.3. Adding more projects
To add additional projects to the application, for example to add a new data source, right-click on the VirboAutoplot project node and select properties. In the properties dialog, select Libraries to see the list of libraries and third-party jar files used. Scroll to the right and click on "add Project" to add another project.
3. Building in Eclipse
These instructions are designed to explain how to set up an Autoplot project in Eclipse. Note that the Eclipse user interface varies from one version to another, but the steps are similar.
See  for notes on problems related to Ant 1.7.1.
3.1. Installing Subclipse
To see if you have already have the Subclipse plugin installed, select the "About Eclipse" in the "Help" menu of Eclipse. Select "Plug-in Details" on the pop-up and look for something related to "SVN" or "Subversion". If you do not have the Subclipse plugin, that is easily rectified:
Select the "Software Updates" option in Eclipse's "Help" menu and add a new remote update site. The URL for the Subclipse update site is http://subclipse.tigris.org/update_1.4.x. Once you have added this update site, select the Subclipse components that you want to install. You won't need the optional parts.
3.2. Checking Out from SVN
When you see a pop-up about a security certificate, you must click Accept Permanently. If not, your build will fail when the das2 part of the repository is checked out.
Start by adding the "Subversion Repositories" view to Eclipse via the "[Menubar]->Window->Show View->Other..." menu. In the "Subversion Repositories" view, add a new SVN repository (upper right icon). Enter the URL to the Autoplot repository: https://svn.code.sf.net/p/autoplot/code/
Once you are connected to the repository, drill down to autoplot/trunk. Right click on trunk and select "Checkout...". Go with the defaults and you should end up with a Java project called "autoplot" in the "Package Explorer" view.
NEW WITH LUNA: I did from the project explorer: new SVN project. Check out autoplot/trunk.
Note, for your "convenience," eclipse puts all the source code and jar files near the top of the project (note the "package" and "jar" icons). This may make it look like you have duplicate folders in your project. You can use eclipse's "Navigator" view to see the actual directory structure of the project.
3.3. Configuring the Project
Once you have checked out the Autoplot code from the Subversion repository, the project should appear in Eclipse's "Package Explorer." There will be a white-on-red "X" on the project name indicating that it is not happy. The problem is that we need to build some jar files to meet all the dependencies. Before building, you must:
- Set source level to 6.0 using File -> Properties -> Java Compiler -> Compliance Level -> 6.0
- Set JAVA_HOME
- Windows - In Windows File Browser, find directory name of a jdk on your system, for example, C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.6.0_09 and copy the name into the clipboard. Right click on My Computer > Properties > Advanced > Environment Variables > New > Enter JAVA_HOME and C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.6.0_09.
- Linux and OS X - Set variables on command line http://help.eclipse.org/help32/index.jsp?topic=/org.eclipse.platform.doc.isv/reference/misc/runtime-options.html (Should be able to do this on Windows by modifying the eclipse shortcut to include the -vm option)
- Linux 64-bit Ubuntu - there are many problems with Eclipse crashing that is no fault of Autoplot. Do a web search and try many things. I don't know how I got it to work, but I did. Here is the output of ps
/usr/lib/eclipse/eclipse -vm /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-sun/bin/java -install /usr/lib/eclipse -startup /usr/lib/eclipse/startup.jar -vmargs -Djava.library.path=/usr/lib/jni -Dgnu.gcj.precompiled.db.path=/var/lib/gcj-4.2/classmap.db -Dgnu.gcj.runtime.VMClassLoader.library_control=never -Dosgi.locking=none
3.4. Compiling Autoplot
- Right-click on VirboAutoplot/build.xml
- Select Run As -> Ant Build (second option)
- Select "run" checkbox and un-select "default" checkbox
- Select run
3.5. Compiling Autoplot alternative approach
(Does not work completely)
- Click the green button and select AutoplotUI in the dialog that comes up.
- NOTE: Jon V. found that Eclipse doesn't handle the META-INF discovery correctly and so only the first org.virbo.asdatasource.AudioSystemDataSourceFactory.extensions file is read. The result is that only this data format can be read. The work-around is to copy all of the META-INF/*.extensions files into the org.virbo.asdatasource.AudioSystemDataSourceFactory.extensions file.
- With LUNA this does not appear to be necessary.
4. Building Servlet
A simple servlet is found in the repository at https://svn.code.sf.net/p/autoplot/code/autoplot/trunk/AutoplotServlet. This shows how Autoplot can be used to create graphics on the server-side, when used with a J2EE container like Apache Tomcat.
- Check out and build Autoplot sources as described above.
- The location of a server's classpath must be specified. Locate a J2EE instance, such as Tomcat.
- change directory to the location of the ant build script, build.xml: cd AutoplotServlet
- Use ant to compile the servlet, using (where the classpath is set to your server location):
ant -Dj2ee.server.home=/usr/local/apache-tomcat-7.0.34/ dist
ant 1.7.1 is required to compile the source.
- The war file will be found in the "dist" folder.
- Installation depends on the web server. For example can be installed in the Tomcat server by simply copying it to /usr/local/apache-tomcat-7.0.34/webapps/
5. Building Applet
An applet that uses Autoplot to provide lightweight client-side browsing from applet-compatible data sources is provided in AutoplotApplet. This mode is rarely used, and fewer and fewer clients are supporting applets. Use is discouraged.
- Check out and build Autoplot sources as described above.
- change directory to AutoplotApplet
- ant jar
- This will compile AutoplotApplet.jar in dist, and should copy the compatible data source jars over to dist/lib.
- AutoplotApplet.jar contains references to the other jars in its manifest and dist can be copied to a webserver for testing.
- Remember with unsigned applets:
- data must come from the same server as the applet.
- data cannot be stored on the client side. Currently most data sources copy to the client's cache and work from there. Some, like the BinaryDataSource, have been modified to support use in applets.
- An example html file is copied over to dist as well.
- Use appletviewer to test your applet, then if it works there, copy it to the server and hope for the best.
AutoplotApplet/jar-applet.sh is a script that builds dist/AutoplotAppletAll.jar. This script contains a reference to /usr/local/jdk1.5.0_17/bin/jar. Change this to the name of a Sun (aka Oracle) supplied java, NOT the jar (fastjar) supplied with some linux distros.
For more information on compressing the applet, see .
6. Building "jumbojar" (All Classes)
VirboAutoplot/compile-application-all.sh is a script that builds dist/AutoplotAll.jar. This script uses the environment variable $JAVA_HOME, which by default is /usr/local/jdk1.6.0_35/. (Verify that $JAVA_HOME/bin/javac and $JAVA_HOME/bin/jar exist.) This script works by unpacking all the library files and recombining them into one ~25MB jar file. The output will be in VirboAutoplot/dist/AutoplotAll.jar, and can be run by changing the permissions and double-clicking on the jar file.
The script compile-application.sh creates both the jnlp release and jumbo jar "autoplot.jar" and the download page (http://autoplot.org/jnlp/latest/).
Note these scripts are used on http://autoplot.org:8080/hudson/job/autoplot-jar-all/ and http://autoplot.org:8080/hudson/job/autoplot-jar-volatile/.