[Numpy-discussion] Record arrays
Thu Jun 26 11:45:12 CDT 2008
Travis E. Oliphant wrote:
> Stéfan van der Walt wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I am documenting `recarray`, and have a question:
>> Is its use still recommended, or has it been superseded by fancy data-types?
> I rarely recommend it's use (but some people do like attribute access to
> the fields). It is wrong, however, to say that recarray has been
> superseded by fancy data types because fancy data types have existed for
> as long as recarrays.
> I believe pyfits uses them quite a bit, and so they deserve to be
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Travis is correct. PyFITS uses recarrays quite extensively. It was the
large, legacy numarray project I was referring too. ;-)
I had forgotten about the attribute access. I know a number of people
who use that feature in conjunction with matplotlib for plotting data in
tables, especially during interactive use.
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