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CSI API- Python 3- need some explanation on how to interpret the below part of the code

CSI API- Python 3- need some explanation on how to interpret the below part of the code

CSI API- Python 3- need some explanation on how to interpret the below part of the code

(OP)
I am trying to learn to write API for CSI Etabs in Python. From the .py file created in the comtypes generated modules, below is an example of a function. In this can some one please explain what does ['in', 'out'] mean, and how to make use of this function.

COMMETHOD([dispid(17)], HRESULT, 'GetElm',
( ['in'], BSTR, 'Name' ),
( ['in', 'out'], POINTER(c_int), 'NElm' ),
( ['in', 'out'], POINTER(_midlSAFEARRAY(BSTR)), 'Elm' ),
( ['in', 'out'], POINTER(_midlSAFEARRAY(c_double)), 'RDI' ),
( ['in', 'out'], POINTER(_midlSAFEARRAY(c_double)), 'RDJ' ),
( ['out', 'retval'], POINTER(c_int), 'pRetVal' )),

RE: CSI API- Python 3- need some explanation on how to interpret the below part of the code

Raqueeb

Thanks for posting. Looks like you are trying to use the function "FrameObj.GetElm". For reference to using the function, it is probably easier to refer to the .chm file located in the etabs install directory. Should be located in "Program Files\Computers and Structures\ETABS 18\CSi API ETABS v1.chm". Best to look at the VB reference, very similar to python.

The part of the code you have referred to in your question.

> 'GetElm' = Frame Object method i.e. FrameObj.GetElm()
> ['in'], BSTR, 'Name' = 'in' means user input, BSTR is COM type data type, this is string data-type in python (str) where the string is the unique frame name.
> ['in', 'out'] = 'out' means that it is an output.

To use the function try, for element with the frame name '1'.

CODE --> python

SapModel.FrameObj.GetElm('1') 

Should return:
[1, ('1',), (0.0,), (1.0,), 0]

Try some other of the FrameObj methods

CODE --> python

SapModel.FrameObj.GetSection('1') 

RE: CSI API- Python 3- need some explanation on how to interpret the below part of the code

(OP)
Thanks Daniel. Really appreciate your help..👍

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