[Numpy-discussion] Newbie Question, Probability

Robert Kern robert.kern at gmail.com
Wed Dec 27 15:35:31 CST 2006


Christopher Barker wrote:
> 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.

Generally speaking, g77 was always more likely to work on more platforms with
less hassle.

-- 
Robert Kern

"I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma
 that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had
 an underlying truth."
  -- Umberto Eco


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