[Numpy-discussion] Toward release 1.0 of NumPy
oliphant at ee.byu.edu
Thu Apr 13 12:49:02 CDT 2006
>On 4/12/06, Travis Oliphant <oliphant at ee.byu.edu> wrote:
>>... This also dove-tails nicely
>>with the Python 2.5 release schedule so that NumPy 1.0 should work with
>>Python 2.5 and be fully 64-bit capable for handling very-large arrays.
>I would like to mention one feature that is going to appear in Python
>2.5 that is covering some of the functionality of NumPy. I am talking
>about the ctypes module
>NumPy, ctypes provides a set of python classes that represent basic C
>and the ability to describe composite structures. The later
>functionality is very close to what dtype class provides in numpy.
>There are some features in ctype that I like better than similar
>features in numpy. For example, in ctypes a fixed width array is
>described by multiplying basic type by an integer:
>>>>c_char * 10
>I find this approach more elegant than numpy's dtype('S10').
>It looks like there is some synergy to be exploited here, particularly
>in the area of record arrays.
Definitely. I'm not familiar enough with c_types to do this. Any help
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