[Numpy-discussion] Access to online documeation - was Purchasing Documentation

Colin J. Williams cjw at sympatico.ca
Mon Oct 10 04:23:56 CDT 2005


Matthew Brett wrote:

>Hi,
>
>  
>
>>While I fully respect the opinion of those concerned about Travis' decision, I
>>have to say that I am personally not so worried.  At scipy'05, when Travis
>>announced the book idea, I asked a very simple question: 'are the docstrings
>>complete?'.  His answer was 'yes'.
>>
>>There was a good reason for my asking this question:  I personally find that
>>when coding, the most productive and efficient to learn a library is by typing
>>
>>import foo
>>foo.<TAB>
>>
>>and then
>>
>>foo.bar?
>>    
>>
>
>Just a tiny addition.  I know what you mean, but my experience is of
>someone recently trying to learn numarray / Numeric, and I suspect I
>am not alone in printing out the documentation and reading a moderate
>amount of it before I get started.   Call me old-fashioned (it
>wouldn't be the first time!),
>
>See you,
>
>Matthew
>
>
>  
>
Could someone elaborate on the remark below please?:

There was a good reason for my asking this question:  I personally find that
when coding, the most productive and efficient to learn a library is by typing

import foo
foo.<TAB>

and then

foo.bar?
  

Is this with some particular IDE?  Using Windows, I don't get this.

This sort of help is available with PythonWin but Numeric3 and pythonw 
seem to be mutually incompatible at this stage.

Colin W.






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