File: ncdf_isvalidfile.pro

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; NAME:
;    NCDF_ISVALIDFILE
;
; PURPOSE:
;
;    Utility routine to determine if a file is a valid netCDF file or not.
;    Returns a 1 if the file is valid and a 0 otherwise.
;
; AUTHOR:
;
;   FANNING SOFTWARE CONSULTING
;   David Fanning, Ph.D.
;   1645 Sheely Drive
;   Fort Collins, CO 80526 USA
;   Phone: 970-221-0438
;   E-mail: david@idlcoyote.com
;   Coyote's Guide to IDL Programming: http://www.idlcoyote.com/
;
; CATEGORY:
;
;    Utility.
;
; CALLING SEQUENCE:
;
;    result = NCDF_IsValidFile(filename)
;
; INPUTS:
;
;    filename:    The name of a filename to open to see if it is a valid netCDF file.
;
; RETURN VALUE:
;
;    result:  A 1 if the file can be opened as a netCDF file. A 0 otherwise.
;
; KEYWORDS:
;
;    None.
;
; ALGORITHM:
;
;    Try to open the file. If you fail, it is not an netCDF file.
;
; MODIFICATION HISTORY:
;
;    Written by: David W. Fanning, 21 February 2010.
;-
;******************************************************************************************;
;  Copyright (c) 2010, by Fanning Software Consulting, Inc.                                ;
;  All rights reserved.                                                                    ;
;                                                                                          ;
;  Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without                      ;
;  modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are met:             ;
;                                                                                          ;
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;        notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the               ;
;        documentation and/or other materials provided with the distribution.              ;
;      * Neither the name of Fanning Software Consulting, Inc. nor the names of its        ;
;        contributors may be used to endorse or promote products derived from this         ;
;        software without specific prior written permission.                               ;
;                                                                                          ;
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;******************************************************************************************;
FUNCTION NCDF_IsValidFile, filename

    Compile_Opt idl2
    
    Catch, theError
    IF theError NE 0 THEN BEGIN
        Catch, /CANCEL
        RETURN, 0
    ENDIF
    
    ; Need a filename.
    IF N_Elements(filename) EQ 0 THEN BEGIN
        filename = Dialog_Pickfile(TITLE='Select a File', FILTER=['*.nc','*.ncdf'])
        IF filename EQ "" THEN RETURN, 0
    ENDIF
    
    ; Try to open the file. If you succeed, file is valid.
    fileID = NCDF_Open(filename)
    NCDF_Close, fileID
    
    RETURN, 1
    
END