[SciPy-user] RE : Re: SciPy Data Analysis Workbench

Stef Mientki S.Mientki at ru.nl
Thu Jan 18 08:27:33 CST 2007



David Cournapeau wrote:
> Gael Varoquaux wrote:
>   
>> Hi Robert,
>>
>> I think I share you point of view: on the short term for you project,
>> traits is not a good option. On the long term, I think it might be.
>>
>>     
>>>   [rant in French about the French governement putting money in scilab
>>>    which is much less interesting the scipy and Co. ]
>>>       
>> Yes, I agree with what you said. I have used scilab before, and, appart
>> of the reduce language abilities and toolbox, I must say that when I sent
>> in patches (one-liners) I got told by the developpers that my problems
>> (Linux related) where not a priority.
>>
>> The thing isn't even properly open-source.
>>     
> To be fair to scilab (which I don't like much myself either), it was 
> started quite sometime ago, and it has some possibilities that neither 
> octave or python seem to have, such as a kind of clone of simulink, 
> which is supposed to be really useful in some circles.
>   
Very usefull information,
Although I've more or less chosen SciPy as the main tool,
I'm still doubting what to choose, SciPy or SciLab,
but now I think I definitely go for SciPy.

A few months ago, I was requested to see if LabView could be a good 
alternative for
both MatLab and our own data-acquisition and analysis pacakage (in the 
field of Medical Research).
After testing LabView for at most 2 days, I threw it in the garbage can ;-)
So then the question arose, are their other alternatives,
and so I bounced into SciLab and SciPy.
The SciCos part of SciLab is not only MatLab's-Simulink (transfer 
functions),
but also includes MatLab's-PowerSim (2-poles) .
Testing the demos, I think SciCos can really compete with the MatLab 
versions.
The following issues decided me to choose SciPy:
- embedding of SciLab is very difficult (impossible ?)
- the usenet group is much less active than SciPy, Python usergroups
- Python is usable as a general program language
The fact that SciPy doesn't have a Simulink equivalent, delayed my 
decision for a couple of days,
but let's be positive, maybe SimuPy will be born some day ;-)

Comparing MatLab and SciPy is boring,
everything points in the same direction.
The only disadvantage of SciPy is  "nobody knows it !!"  ;-)

cheers,
Stef Mientki


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