Sunday, November 08, 2009

FDO Toolbox (Geospatial Data Tool) IronPython Scripting

FDO Toolbox is an open source "multi-purpose geospatial tool to create, analyse, process and manage spatial data. It is written in C# and uses the Feature Data Objects (FDO) API". Going on from his success at the Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial conference in Sydney, the main developer has announced a new version that includes IronPython scripting support for extending the toolbox.
Here's a new release of FDO Toolbox, fresh from the FOSS4G 2009 conference. This was the exact build I was demonstrating during the presentation, which went better than I expected.

The new main features include:

IronPython Scripting

With the introduction of a IronPython scripting engine, FDO Toolbox now has a 2nd extensibility point. You can now customise and drive FDO Toolbox through python scripts. I will be posting some example scripts in the near future to demonstrate what can be done with a scripting engine.

The side-effect of introducing IronPython is that the minimum .net Framework requirement is now 2.0 SP1. The installer has been updated to check for this version. If you have .net Framework 3.5 (or 3.5 SP1) installed, you will already have this installed.

Shortly after this release came a bugfix FDO Toolbox 0.8.8 release. His Foss4G conference presentation was recorded and you can watch it on his blog:

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