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One of the features of ADAM is the ability to define command procedures which can be used just as though they are normal ACL (ADAM Command Language) commands. The philosophy adopted for the CCD software is to provide commands at several levels. At the top level are commands that can be used by those requiring a high-level system. These commands are, where possible, similar to those of the ADAM IPCS software (which are in turn similar to those of the AAT IPCS software).

In addition some of the commands used by the high-level system, such as CLEAR (the chip), EXPOSE (for t seconds), READ (the chip to disk), DISP (on the Lexidata) and TAPE (write data to tape as a FITS image), are documented in the expectation that astronomers will build their own observing procedures from these building blocks.

Included in the standard ADAM software are a set of application programs for displaying and manipulating bulk data arrays. The enthusiastic astronomer may bring his own application programs and run them as part of ADAM. Alternatively observers may contact their Support Astronomer concerning facilities that are not currently provided.

In command descriptions, the minimum abbreviation is indicated by putting the optional part in parentheses. For example, GLA(NCE) is abbreviable to GLA but not inside procedures where the full command name is required.

Wed Apr 6 22:56:39 BST 1994