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Sample code

Source code for a sample plugin can be found at


To view and run the sample code in Visual Studio

  1. Load ...Ecopath6\Sources\EwE6.sln into Visual Studio.
  2. Add the CEFASPluginSample.vbproj by right clicking on Solution Explorer and selecting Add>Existing Project... and finding ...Ecopath6\Sources\EwETutorials\CEFASPluginSample
  3. Set a reference to CEFASPluginSample in the ScientificInterface project by right clicking on the ScientificInterface node in the Solution Explorer and selecting Add Reference... click the Add... button from the Projects tab select CEFASPluginSample
  4. Run the CEFASPluginSample by compiling and running EwE6. From EwE6 main menu select Tools>CEFAS plug-in sample

Running Ecosim on a variable time step

By default Ecosim runs on a monthly time step, 12 time steps per year. To accommodate a variable time step Ecosim can be told to run more then one time step in a month via the cEcosimDataStuctures.StepsPerMonth property. The StepsPerMonth property is only accessible from code and can not be set in the Scientific Interface. This allows Ecosim to run on a sub time step scheme by setting the cEcosimDataStuctures.StepsPerMonth property to the number of sub time steps to run in a month. At the end of each run Ecosim will set cEcosimDataStuctures.StepsPerMonth back to its default value of one.

Sub time step data

When running on sub time steps Ecosim will only update its results objects cCore.cEcoSimResults(), cCore.cEcosimGroupOutput(), cCore.cEcosimOutput() and cCore.cEcosimFleetOutput() once at the end of the month. Data computed for the sub time step can only be access via the cEcosimDataStrucutres provided by the IEcosimSubTimestepsPlugin.EcosimSubTimeStepBegin() and IEcosimSubTimestepsPlugin.EcosimSubTimeStepEnd() plugin points. The IEcosimBeginTimestepPlugin.EcosimBeginTimeStep() and IEcosimEndTimestepPlugin.EcosimEndTimeStep() will only be call at the start and end of the month not during the sub time step and will not contain the sub time step data.

Sub time step plugin points

IEcosimSubTimestepsPlugin.EcosimSubTimeStepBegin(ByRef BiomassAtTimestep() As Single, ByVal TimeInYears As Single, ByVal DeltaT As Single, ByVal SubTimestepIndex As Integer, ByVal EcosimDatastructures As Object)
IEcosimSubTimestepsPlugin.EcosimSubTimeStepEnd(ByRef BiomassAtTimestep() As Single, ByVal TimeInYears As Single, ByVal DeltaT As Single, ByVal SubTimestepIndex As Integer, ByVal EcosimDatastructures As Object)

Running Ecosim on a separate thread

Ecosim can be run on its own thread by setting the cEcosimDataStuctures.bMultiThreaded Boolean flag to True. The next time Ecosim is run it will run on its own thread. Once the Ecosim run has completed the cEcosimDataStuctures.bMultiThreaded flag will be automatically set to its default value of False and all subsequent runs will be on the main application thread. All plug-in calls that originate on a thread other than the main thread will be marshaled to the main thread. This is for robustness, in .NET user interface controls cannot be accessed from a thread other than that which they were created on. Plug-ins are created and run on the main thread by the EwE framework. By automatically marshaling all plug-in calls to the main thread plug-in points do not have to marshal calls to an interface.