[Numpy-discussion] Half baked C API?
oliphant at ee.byu.edu
Tue Mar 15 10:30:53 CST 2005
Ralf Juengling wrote:
>I recently took a closer at Numeric's and numarray's C APIs for
>the first time and was surprised not to find the counterparts
>for all the array functions that are available in the Python API.
How much to support on the C-API level is a question I am interested in
I have mixed feelings. On the one hand, it is much simpler on the array
package developer (which from my perspective seems to be the short-end
of the current stick) to have a reduced C-API and require individuals
who want to access the functionality to go through the
PyObject_CallMethod approach. We could perhaps provide a single
function that made this a little simpler for arrays.
On the other hand, a parallel API that made available everything that
was present in Python might "look nicer," be a little faster, and make
it easier on the extension writer.
I'm interested in opinions,
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