[SciPy-dev] Scikits and stuff
Travis E. Oliphant
Thu Dec 27 21:34:02 CST 2007
In preparation for doc-day tomorrow, I've been thinking about scikits
and its relationship to scipy. There seem to be three distinct
purposes of scikits:
1) A place for specialized tool boxes that build on numpy and/or scipy
that live under a common name-space, but are too specialized to live in
2) A place for GPL or similarly-licensed tools so that people can
understand what they are getting and appropriate use can be made.
3) A place for modularly-installed scipy tools.
Given these three purposes. It seems that we should have three name-spaces:
2) ??? perhaps scigpl
3) scipy (why not use the same namespace --- there is a technological
hurdle that may prevent egg distribution of these until we fix it. But,
I think we can fix it and would rather not invent another name-space for
something that should be scipy).
This idea occurred to me, when I was thinking about "tagging" modules in
scikits so users could understand the tool. But, at that point it
seemed obvious that we should just have different name-spaces which
would promote the needed clarity.
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