SSW/SunPy Cheat Sheat

SolarSoft (SSW) is a popular IDL software library for solar data analysis, and in fact, many parts of SunPy are inspired by data structions and functions in SSW.

In order to help make it easier for users with SSW experience to work with SunPy, we have put together a list of tips for new Python/SunPy users, as well as a table with the names of some functions with comparable IDL/SSW counterparts.

NOTE: This article is currently a work-in-progress.

Caveats

Some things to be careful about when switching from IDL/SSW to Python/SunPy.

  • Copy by value vs. reference (Jack?)
  • Top-left vs. bottom-left origins.
  • etc.

Mapping of terms

Below is a table which describes some of the functions and classes available in IDL/SSW and the names and locations of comparable versions in Python/SunPy.

Functions

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