Working with some Log ASCII standard (LAS) data the other day made me realize that I owe a belated thank-you to Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) for allowing me to write the WIMS-AECL (Winfrith Improved Multigroup Scheme Atomic Energy Of Canada Limited *phew*) post processor “WIMSpp”. It might not ever find widespread use outside CNL (or inside CNL for that matter), but I found it to be worthwhile for a couple of reasons.
- A couple of months of head down, solve a problem with Python work is always appreciated.
- After the NDIToolbox project had wrapped up, I’d had a couple of ideas on how to handle plugins in a self-contained (no Python install) Python app for Windows users and WIMSpp gave me the opportunity to test them out.
- Learning how to parse WIMS-AECL unstructured data (randomly word-wrapping data tables for the win!) means parsing LAS was easy. 🙂