#Mask name change
tl;dr : Mask objects can now be created and used by referring to the
afwImage.Mask object, not
As a friendly heads up to everyone, I want to make you aware of a name change to the mask type. Previously the
Mask template specialization for python was named
MaskU (meaning to create a mask or access static properties one would call
afwImage.MaskU). The name for The mask type has been changed to
MaskX subsequent to the change of data types (from
However, there is an additional change to be aware of. Previously
MaskU was a derived class from the abstract base class Mask, meaning one could run
isinstance(myMask, Mask) to check if a variable was a mask regardless of the underlying datatype.
MaskX has been set as the default type to construct when calling the base class
Mask. This means a
MaskX object can be constructed directly from the base class as such:
mask = afwImage.Mask()
Additionally all static and class methods of the default mask type registered to the Mask base class are available through the base class as well, so the following just works.
bit = afwImage.Mask.getPlaneBitMask("SAT")
These changes should render needing to remember the type specialization name for the default mask type unnecessary.
The following is for anyone interested in additional information about how this will affect alternative mask types. Currently there is only one mask type used in the LSST stack, the above mentioned
MaskX. If in the future we introduce additional types, say
MaskU8 for masks backed with uint8 the base class can still be used as a constructor, specifying the desired type as follows
myMask = afwImage.Mask(dtype=np.uint8) # Construct a MaskU8 type
staticResult = afwImage.Mask[np.uint8].someStaticMethod() # Call a static method from the MaskU8 type
Pleas note, MaskU8 is not a real type but simply a demonstration of what could hypothetically be done. This illustrates how the base class can be used to select type specializations without knowing the exact specialization names.