Joel Plutchak, The HDF Group
The HDF Group’s support for and use of the Java Programming Language consists of Java wrappers for the HDF4 and HDF5 C libraries, an Object Model definition and implementation, and HDFView, a graphical file viewing application. In this article we’ll discuss what we’re doing now with Java, and look toward the future.
By the time the first public version of the Java Programming Language was released in 1995, various groups at the University of Illinois were already experimenting with the then-new language. Among these efforts was a collaboration among several departments; the goal was to produce data browsing tools for use in astronomy and other scientific fields.1 Because The HDF Group was formed to provide access to scientific and engineering data, it seemed natural to extend this early Java work to the display of HDF files and data products. Continue reading