Friday, August 04, 2006

In development: ATDF converter and STDF viewer

I am currently working on two applications which will be a part of the upcoming release of PySTDF: ATDF conversion and a simple GUI STDF explorer application.

I've already checked a simple STDF to ATDF converter into SVN (stdf2atdf). The only thing missing is that it doesn't properly format all the fields according to the ATDF spec. I don't think an ATDF to STDF converter will take much more work.

I have been more concerned with the graphical explorer app. I've never been much for GUI development, but I really want to pull one off for this project.

I would like to model the STDF data with a Tree Table, which is like a table with hierarchical and expandable/collapsable sections. Eventually, sections will be groupable by:
  • Test head and site number
  • Wafer, insertion count, and part count
  • Test number
  • Bin
  • Maybe something else
I think it's easy to do this as far as indexing the data (I'm more adept at the 'indexing the data' part) but I want a good GUI toolkit that is fast, easy to deploy, has few dependencies, and looks nice.

As far as GUI toolkits go, I've had experience with wxWidgets, GTK+, Windows Forms.NET, FLTK, and TkInter in the past. None of them were much fun to develop with.

I'm even considering a web-based AJAX front end served up from localhost and displayed in a browser component (IE on Windows, maybe Gecko on others). At least it would be more portable and reusable that way! And very skinnable with CSS. I think that's what Galaxy does for their UI, I played with it once and it had a bit of a webpage-like feel.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

any news about the STDF viewer ?


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