Starlink Cookbook 2.3
1st October 1997
©1997 Starlink, CCLRC
The DX Cookbook
IBM DX (Data Explorer) is the data-visualisation package recommended by Starlink, particularly for the visualisation of three-dimensional scalar and vector data. This cookbook provides a set of simple recipes for performing common operations using DX. No prior knowledge of DX is required. You can use the recipes as they are provided, if they are suitable for your purposes, or alternatively you can use them as a starting point for generating your own visualisations.
The cookbook also contains a brief summary of the DX data model. It is useful to have at least some understanding of this data model in order to use DX effectively.
This edition of the cookbook applies to Version 3.1 of DX.
The references are listed alphabetically by title. In the case of Starlink documents the document code (for example SC/4.1 or SUN/17.6) forms part of the title.
 SC/4.1: C-shell Cookbook by M.J. Currie, 2 May 1997 (Starlink).
 SG/8.2: An Introduction to Visualisation Software for Astronomy by A.C. Davenhall, 4 March 1997 (Starlink).
 SUN/17.6: SPECX – A Millimetre Wave Spectral Reduction Package by R.M. Prestage, H. Meyerdierks and J.F. Lightfoot, 13 January 1995 (Starlink).
 SUN/55.6: CONVERT – A Format-conversion Package by M.J. Currie, G.J. Privett and A.J. Chipperfield, 7 December 1995 (Starlink).
 SUN/86.12: FIGARO – A General Data Reduction System by K. Shortridge, H. Meyerdierks, M.J. Currie and M.J. Clayton, 26 September 1996 (Starlink).
 SUN/95.9: KAPPA – Kernel Application Package by M.J. Currie, 9 December 1995 (Starlink).
 SUN/98.6: ASTERIX – X-ray Data Processing System D.J. Allan and R.J. Vallance, 13 May 1995 (Starlink).
 SUN/102.3: HDSTRACE – Listing HDS Data Files by M.J. Currie, 14 February 1994 (Starlink).
 SUN/203.3: DX – IBM Data Explorer for Data Visualisation by D.S. Berry, G.J. Privett and A.C. Davenhall, 15 September 1997 (Starlink).