[Numpy-discussion] packaging scipy (was Re: Simple financial functions for NumPy)
Travis E. Oliphant
Thu Apr 10 10:15:31 CDT 2008
Stéfan van der Walt wrote:
> Hi Chris
> On 09/04/2008, Christopher Barker <Chris.Barker@noaa.gov> wrote:
>> I have yet to advocate that the Matlab users in my group (The Scientists
>> that happen to need a bit of programming, but have no interest in it)
>> start using Python, but, frankly, "import *", and minor syntax like that
>> has nothing to do with it. Aside from the fact that they are already
>> familiar with Matlab, the big issues are the fact that there is no one
>> thing they can install to get an IDE, complete and well integrated
>> plotting, and extensive library of assorted functions.
>> Numpy+Scipy+MPL+Who-knows-what-editor are close, but the ease of use is
>> not there yet, and it's NOT because of too many namespaces.
> I'm toying with the idea of having our students install SAGE this
> year. This would give them a great framework for interactive
> experimentation. I am worried, however, that it would keep them from
> learning how to write standalone Python code, with proper structure in
> terms of classes etc. -- SAGE is not an IDE after all. On the other
> hand it does address the packaging issue.
<shamless plug> So does the Enthought Python Distribution. </shameless_plug>
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