Import Language

Import is an interpretive computer language designed specifically to create templates for reading plottable data files, such as XY data or time-histories. It is not a general purpose language, like C or BASIC. Import focuses on reading data files in the fastest most reliable manner.

The file reading process is divided into four steps:
  1. Determining the type of file being read
  2. Determining the number of requests and components from information in the file header
  3. Reading a record from the file
  4. Reading a field (or request) from the file

Import is used to define format-specific routines to complete each step in the file reading process.