NAME

Astro::STSDAS::Table::Simple - simple interface to STSDAS format tables

SYNOPSIS

  use Astro::STSDAS::Table::Simple qw( read_table );

  $data = read_table( $file, { Input => 'Binary',
                               Output => 'RowHash' } );

DESCRIPTION

Astro::STSDAS::Table::Simple provides a very simple interface to STSDAS format tables.

Functions

read_table
  $data = read_table( $file, \%options );

This slurps an entire table into memory. The options hash is used to indicate what type of input table it is (either binary or text) and how to structure the output. Options are specified as keys in the hash. For example:

  $data = read_table( $file, { Input => 'Binary',
                               Output => 'RowHash' } );
Input

The input file type. It is either Binary or Text. Currently only Binary is supported.

Output

This can take one of the following values:

RowHash

The data are returned as a reference to an array containing hashrefs, one per row. The hash keys are the column names.

For example, to access the value of column time in row 3,

        $data->[2]{time}
RowArray

The data are returned as a reference to an array containing arrayrefs, one per row.

        $data->[3][9]
ColHash

The data are returned as a reference to a hash, one element per column. The keys are the column names, and the values are arrayrefs containing the data for the columns.

For example, to access the value of column time in row 3,

        $data->{time}[2]
ColArray

The data are returned as a reference to an array, one element per column. The array elements are arrayrefs containing the data for the columns.

        $data->[9][3]

In all cases, vector elements are returned as references to arrays containing the vectors.

LICENSE

This software is released under the GNU General Public License. You may find a copy at

   http://www.fsf.org/copyleft/gpl.html

AUTHOR

Diab Jerius ( djerius@cpan.org )