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Creating your own Parameters

Sometimes you want a node to have a specific parameter. Say that you would like to implement a seeding parameter or a second stamp expression to a node, or that you have just completed a Geonet and would like to introduce a parameter for controlling it in the root window..

Handy for all these operations is the Metadata panel. You can access it by pressing the Metadata button on top of the Parameters pane. Let’s have a look at it. Create a Rect node, select it and press the Metadata button. You should see this:

Metadata The Panel

Listed are specifications of the node and its parameters.

  • NODE / Setttings: is used for exporting nodes. More information on the topic is on the programming-nodes page.

  • PORTS / Only for filter nodes. Lists the name of all ports, mostly 1 calles shape.

  • PARAMETERS / general node parameters:

    * code /
    * handle / points out to the handles attached to the node.
    * description / points to the information given when creating a new node.
    * image / points to the icon used to visualize the node in the network.
  • PARAMETERS / node specific parameters. (all parameters as seen in the Parameters panel). In case of the Rect node:

    * x / the x location of the rectangle.
    * y / the y location of the rectangle.
    * width / the width of the rectangle.
    * height / the height of the rectangle.
    * + rx, ry, fill, stroke and strokeWidth.

Important to notice is that parameters have a type. The general node parameters always have the same type:

  • code and handle: type Code.
  • description: type String.
  • image: type String.

Node specific parameters in case of the rect node:

  • numerical values (like widht, height, x and y, .. ) have type Float.
  • fill and stroke have type Color.

Creating a new parameter.

On the lower left corner of the Metadata pane is a small interface for creating new parameters.

  • Click on the ”+” button and select Parameter.
  • Give it a name.
  • Give it the according type.
  • Close the Metadata pane.

Have a look at the Parameters pane. The new parameter should be added to it and should have been given a matching widget. Matching in that sense that is should have picked the right widget for the type which you have given it.

Changing the code.

You might have noticed that all parameters are referred to in the code by their name with a prefix of self. Sometimes a new parameter involves some changes in the code. For more informations on changing code read the programming node page.