[Numpy-discussion] Newbie Question, Probability

Christopher Barker Chris.Barker at noaa.gov
Wed Dec 27 15:09:42 CST 2006


pearu at cens.ioc.ee wrote:
>  I have been working on
> f2py rewrite to support wrapping Fortran 90 types among other F90
> constructs and as a result we have almost a complete Fortran parser in
> Python. It is relatively easy to use this parser to automatically convert
> Fortran 77 codes that we have in scipy to C codes whenever no Fortran
> compiler is available.

Cool!

How is the different/better than the old standby f2c?

One issue with f2c is that it required a pretty good set of libs to 
support stuff that Fortran had that C didn't -- complex numbers come to 
mind, I'm not sure what else was is in libf2c.

In fact, I've often wondered why scipy doesn't use f2c.

-Chris


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