functionality of the DSS is an added benefit as allows you to develop custom
made scripts to analyze specific issues.
Availability of this
functionality in the
DSS, through the Script manager, created favorable condition to
fill the gap
when the available
tools are not
sufficient to address
a problem that is under consideration. In the DSS scripting environment,
the user has options to access objects that belong to almost all managers. The
capability of accessing objects from the database and the DSS framework makes
the scripting environment a power and versatile tool of the NBDSS as this
allows you to:
· Automate repetitive tasks. Imagine you have daily task of checking daily rainfall data records of a number of catchment gauges. To do this, you can write a script to import and check this data using the DSS tools.
· Calculate the value of an indicator. For example, if you want to calculate the evaporation losses at a catchment, you can write a script that collects the evaporation time series of this catchment (i.e. using the catchment model results) and then calculates the total evaporation losses at this catchment.
· Create customized functionality in the DSS such as creating other Managers, Tools, or model Adapters.
Each manager in the DSS has four user interface components. These components are used to carry out operations on objects related the concerned manager. Figure 2 shows the components of the DSS Script Manager, namely:
1. The Scripts Explorer: where scripts are organized in user defined groups and subgroups or by storage (i.e. files).
3. Tools Explorer: in this case it is used only to export and import scripts definitions. Since it is not used much for scripts it is not further described in this module.
4. The Properties window: where the selected script data is displayed.
Figure 1: Script Manager components