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Fwd: Re: WhiteboxTools RFP

It may indeed be too early to package it.
John, could you please update us when the API is fully stabilized?
All the best.

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Hello Johan,

It's true that things are still somewhat in flux with the WhiteboxTools
project. I am adding tools to the list fairly quickly at this point but
the existing tools are unlikely to change significantly in their
external facing functioning (i.e. their input parameters and outputs are
unlikely to change). The API seems to be stabilizing fairly well,
although today I added a new command (--toolbox) that allows tools to be
grouped logically. I had always planned on making this change. I cannot
see adding any additional commands in the future now that this work is
complete.  One additional change that will occur sometime in the near
future will be support for reading/writing vector data. This won't have
any effects on the external-facing API, i.e. the available commands. It
will only impact the list of available tools as I start to add some of
the Whitebox GAT tools that have vector inputs and/or outputs. A key
thing to remember is that these new tools are mainly ports of existing
Whitebox GAT tools. Thus, they have existed for many years and have
undergone extensive testing. Obviously the porting to Rust from Java can
potentially introduce some new flaws that will require testing to
uncover, but overall this is a set of well-established geospatial
analysis tools. That said, it may well be too early to adopt
WhiteboxTools for some applications as things are still changing.



John Lindsay, PhD

Room 346, Hutt Building,

Department of Geography,

The University of Guelph,

E-mail: jlindsay@uoguelph.ca

Phone: (519) 824-4120 ext. 56074

Web: http://www.uoguelph.ca/geography/faculty/lindsay-john

Research page: http://www.uoguelph.ca/~hydrogeo/

Whitebox GAT: http://www.uoguelph.ca/~hydrogeo/Whitebox/index.html

*From:* Johan Van de Wauw <johan.vandewauw@gmail.com>
*Sent:* Thursday, December 14, 2017 3:03 PM
*To:* Paolo Cavallini
*Cc:* Debian GIS Project; John Lindsay
*Subject:* Re: WhiteboxTools RFP

How stable is the project currently? If I read this on the website, I
am not sure it would be a good fit for stable (perhaps unstable):

The WhiteboxTools project is related to the GoSpatial project, which
has similar goals but is designed using the Go programming language
instead of Rust. Both projects are currently considered to be

Kind Regards,

On Wed, Dec 13, 2017 at 5:32 PM, Paolo Cavallini <cavallini@faunalia.it>
> Hi all,
> there is an interesting software:
> http://www.uoguelph.ca/~hydrogeo/software.shtml#WhiteboxTools
> which is essentially a porting in rust of the previous
> http://www.uoguelph.ca/~hydrogeo/Whitebox/index.html
> I believe it would be interesting to package it, and the author (cc),
> althoug not a Debian user himself, seems available for help.
> Is someone interested? Is someone available to direct the process?
> Thanks a lot.
> --
> Paolo Cavallini - www.faunalia.eu <http://www.faunalia.eu>
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