[Numpy-discussion] What is consensus anyway
Wed Apr 25 16:16:15 CDT 2012
I too have to agree with Andreas. I have been using Numpy for years in my
work, but am not versed in C so I don't even understand what numpy is doing
under the hood. I too would only be able to contribute to the code at the
python level, or as Andreas said, at improving SciPy packages and other
One area that you may be able to get more help from the general user base
is with publicity, tutorials and word-of-mouth. I had recently shown Numpy
to a friend who was versed in matlab, and he was really impressed because
Numpy is easily incorporated into more general Python scripts. I've worked
a lot with the Enthought Tool Suite and shown off some of that to my
colleagues. They are impressed at the streamlined code-to-visuals process
although I don't think they even realize that Numpy is responsible for all
the numerics in the program. To this end, I think outreach would be
helpful in recruiting new programmers. Once they understand that Numpy
does a lot at the C-level and that it is not strictly a Python feature,
they may realize its something that they can contribute to.
On Wed, Apr 25, 2012 at 5:04 PM, Alan G Isaac <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> On 4/25/2012 4:51 PM, Andreas H. wrote:
> > I would assume that most users see numpy
> > as infrastructure, they write their own code on top of it. As a normal
> > user of numpy, I wouldn't know where it would need improvement to suit
> > my needs because it already does all I need. (Okay, masked arrays are
> > something which could definitely improve, but that's another story.)
> > This is different from other, higher-level FOSS projects,
> Thank you Andreas. I was debating whether to explain exactly this,
> to point out that I found Matthew's question inappropriately aggressive,
> or both. Now I can do both in a flash.
> But I find I would also like to once again say thank you to the
> developers, who have given us an amazing piece of software.
> I would add that I am impressed by the deep respect they show
> each other even when dealing with hard issues.
> Alan Isaac
> Just another grateful user for many years.
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