Getting Started

Step 1: The SNAPPY Python Templates uses cookiecutter to generate a project from a templates. Start by checking you have cookiecutter installed

pip install cookiecutter

Step 2: Use the Python Template to create your new project. This tutorial uses a sphere fitting algorithm as an example case, as it strikes a nice balance between simplicity and usefulness. Fitting models to data is a key part of medical image computing, so hopefully the user can see how their own algorithms could be inserted into the software template.


If that doesn’t work try,

python -m  cookiecutter

Follow the prompts, we should call our project something descriptive, so if you’re doing sphere fitting:

project_name [My New Project]: scikit-surgery-sphere-fitting
project_slug [scikit-surgery-sphere-fitting]: sksurgeryspherefitting
project_description [scikit-surgery-sphere-fitting is a Python package]: scikit-surgery-sphere-fitting implements a least squares sphere fitting algorithm, to read a vtk poly data file, a config file, and outputs the fitted sphere
pkg_name [sksurgeryspherefitting]:
Select repository_server:
1 -
2 -
3 -
4 -
Choose from 1, 2, 3, 4 (1, 2, 3, 4) [1]:
full_name [Your Name]: Stephen Thompson
repository_profile_name [StephenThompson]:
Select repository_path:
1 - StephenThompson/sksurgeryspherefitting
2 - WEISS/SoftwareRepositories/sksurgeryspherefitting
3 - WEISS/SoftwareRepositories/SNAPPY/sksurgeryspherefitting
Choose from 1, 2, 3 (1, 2, 3) [1]:
project_url []:
Select open_source_license:
1 - BSD-3 license
2 - Apache Software License 2.0
3 - MIT License
Choose from 1, 2, 3 (1, 2, 3) [1]:

Enter the source directory and initialise git repository.

cd sksurgeryspherefitting/
git init
git add .
git commit -m "Initial commit of my sphere fitter"

Create a new project on WeissLab (or GitLab, GitHub or your preferred git host), making sure the URL matches what you set in step 3.

Create new project on weisslab

Add the remote to git and push your first commit

git remote add origin
git push origin master

Visit the web interface to WEISSLab and checkout out your first commit

Check out your project on WEISS Lab

You may notice that it says that your commit failed. This refers to the continuous integration test having failed, not that your project was lost. By the end this tutorial you will have a green tick where now there is a red cross, for know though, don’t worry.