[kepler-dev] Additional menu items

Shawn Bowers sbowers at ucdavis.edu
Sun Jan 22 18:46:15 PST 2006


Can you give a little more description of how the "Instantiate Entity"
works?  Does this work by pointing Ptolemy at a MoML file (e.g., an "Actor
Class") or by pointing it at a java actor class (e.g., "org.kepler. ...").



On Sun, 22 Jan 2006, Dan Higgins wrote:

> Matthew,
>     Congratulations on getting the new Kepler menu layout working (and
> the ability to change the configuration)!
>     However, it looks likes we left out a couple of menu items that I
> just recently learned to appreciate! --- namely 'Instantiate Attribute'
> and 'Instantiate Entity' under the 'Graph' menu.
> I must admit that I did not understand just what these menu items were
> used for until recently (and I might have suggested to Laura that we
> leave them out in Kepler).
> 'Instantiate Attribute' allows the user to add attributes to the
> workflow by name. This allows one to add attributes that are not in the
> Kepler Actor Ontology tree to a workflow! (And we have not included all
> the ones in Ptolemy.) Similarly, 'Instantiate Entity' allows one to add
> actors; there are many Ptolemy actors/directories that we have not
> included in our actor ontology and I have already been asked by several
> users how to add such actors to workflows without having to recompile
> the whole Kepler system. It also turns out that whole new actor classes
> can be added using this menu item (i.e. new classes).
> So I think these two menu items should be included in the new menu
> layout, probably in the Workflow menu. Maybe Laura will want to change
> the menu item names?
> Dan
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