I believe that Weather_routing is ready for release. I have checked the file reading and writing of boat_configuration.xm. and boat_polar.csv files as well as routing with isochrones in many conditions, grib, climatology, grib and climatology, constraints, boat_configuration_settings etc and in the majority of situations it seems to work well.
I have one request as a part of release. That the plugin be released with default settings that will allow the user to hit Configuration > Compute or ALT+C and a route
will be computed with isochrones and no other settings required.
This should be a "Default" setting, which when the user gets stuck, they can hit Configuration > "Reset to Defaults" and the program reverts to the these defaults and a polar can be run almost infallibly. This is essential for users to feel comfortable learning
, exploring options and investigating various settings. They need a reliable "home" to go back to where routing will work.
I believe I sent some polars on the disk which might be useful. If you need some help with this let me know. I don't know how you will distribute or make them available, or integrate the selection of them with the plugin, but they are not really very large in MB. Perhaps just distribute with the plugin somehow?
So yes, at this point I think the plugin can be released and distributed to work with our beta Opencpn
. I just think that a "Configuration > Reset to defaults" choice that works very easily with Alt+C "compute" would be an excellent addition, which would save lots of questions and give newbies a fighting chance at mastering this sophisticated plugin by being able to go back to a "default" setting that "Works".
PS: I particularly like the ability of the plugin to open and start Climatology if it has been installed and activated, but not opened when the user has forgotten to do so for some reason. Weather_routing does enjoy (and play) with the companionship of some major data plugins (climatology and grib).