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Paper: Making FITS Available on Dot Net and its Applications
Volume: 314, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems XIII
Page: 424
Authors: Haridas, V.; Budavari, T.; O'Mullane, W.; Szalay, A.S.; Thakar, A.; Conti, A.; Volpicelli, A.; Pence, B.
Abstract: The Flexible Image Transport System (FITS) is a powerful and widely adopted means of exchanging Astronomical Data. There are also a great number of tools and libraries available on many platforms to facilitate working with FITS.

We present the FitsLib {}, a library written to facilitate development of astronomical data analysis tools on the Microsoft.Net Platform. This has been developed as a wrapper over one of the very popular and time tested FITS libraries, CFITSIO. Fits.Net library merges the advantages of speed and ruggedness of CFITSIO with the language independence of the Microsoft.Net technology and a simple Document Object Model (DOM). We believe this library will be intuitive for .NET programmers.

We present the design and usage patterns of the library in C-Sharp. We also discuss performance issues of the library. Finally we present a number of applications and web services, which are currently running on this library.

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