# Directory `macros/latex/contrib/dynamicnumber`

# Dynamic Number

## What is it?

Dynamic Number dynamically typesets values generated in different kinds of scripts in LaTeX through the use of symbolic links. The aim is to reduce errors resulting from out-of-date numbers by directly setting them in the number generating file and importing a symbolic link in the LaTeX source file.

It can be used to import not only numerical values into LaTeX, but even strings and pieces of code are possible. The main repository is located in this repository.

**Attention** The symbolic links mentioned here are *NOT** related in any kind to the symbolic links used in UNIX systems. See example below to see what is meant with a symbolic link.*

## Installation

Depending on your desires, one or more might not be applicable. All the supported languages have a file in the `languages`

folder. Currently only MATLAB and Python are supported to produce Dynamic Number (dn) list files (also called symbolic link lists).

### LaTeX

Currently the package is also available on CTAN. This is the preferred way of installing LaTeX packages. You can thus download it using your favourite (La)TeX package manager. The instructions below are thus obsolete.

### MATLAB

Add the necessary functions to MATLAB's path.

- Clone the directory in your MATLAB folder (
`Documents/MATLAB`

). - Now the contents should be in
`Documents/MATLAB/DynamicNumber`

. - Open MATLAB.
- Set path to include the cloned folder. The Set path can be found in the File menu on older MATLAB installations or HOME, Environment in newer installations.

### Python

Install with `pip`

: `sudo pip install dynamicnumber`

## Quick start

### LaTeX

LaTeX usage is very straightforward. Load the package with `\usepackage{dynamicnumber}`

and next load a symbolic link lists with `\dnreadfile{list}`

. Now you can start using your dynamic variables with `\dnget{variable}`

.

More information and additional commands can be found in the documentation.

**Attention!** Do not attempt to create a `pgfkey`

with the name `dynamicnumber`

, it will conflict with the internal workings of the package.

### MATLAB and Python

Create a symbolic link lists with the `dn()`

command, then add symbolic links with the `add`

-method.

The `add`

-method requires at least 2 arguments: the symbolic link name and a value (either numerical or string). The optional third can specify a unit for the value. The symbolic link will be stored to typeset both number and unit in a nice way, with the `units`

package (`\unit{<value}{<unit>}`

).

Example (in Python, MATLAB code is almost identical)

# Some computations and sensor readout to predict temperature tomorrow: temperature = 23.4 temp_predictions = dn('TemperaturePredictions') temp_predictions.add('tomorrow',temparture,'C') # or \\Celcius instead of C

**Note!**: If you wish to use special LaTeX commands such as `\Celcius`

or `\metre`

, your need to be careful with the use of the backslash. In MATLAB you only need to add one backslash because of the way it is parsed, but in Python you need to add two of them! This is needed because the backslash is also used for escape sequences.

## Contributions

The libraries are basic in a sense that they do not have a lot of features or options. This is intentional. Users can easily adopt them to suit their own needs without having to go through 100s of lines of code and the learning curve is very small. So the main goal is to have a library that support many platforms, is (almost) identical on all these platforms and is simple to use.

Bug fixes and small feature improvements are always welcome, you can use a pull request to add must-have features or perform bug fixes.

## License

See the `LICENSE.txt`

file.

Download the contents of this package in one zip archive (159.3k).

##
dynamicnumber –
Dynamically typeset numbers and values in LaTeX through “symbolic links”

This package dynamically typesets values generated by different kinds of scripts in LaTeX through the use of “symbolic links” (which are not in any way related to the “symbolic links” used in UNIX systems!). The aim is to reduce errors resulting from out-of-date numbers by directly setting them in the number generating file and importing a “symbolic link” into the LaTeX source file.

It can be used to import not only numerical values, but strings and pieces of code are also possible.

Currently only MATLAB and Python are supported to produce Dynamic Number list files.

Package | dynamicnumber |

Repository | https://github.com/opieters/DynamicNumber |

Version | 0.1.3 |

Licenses | MIT License |

Copyright | 2015 Olivier Pieters |

Maintainer | Olivier Pieters |

TDS archive | `dynamicnumber.tds.zip` |

Contained in | TeX Live as dynamicnumber MiKTeX as dynamicnumber |

Topics | Data import |