[SciPy-User] Naming Ideas

Travis Vaught travis@vaught....
Wed Sep 5 09:22:39 CDT 2012


On Sep 5, 2012, at 8:05 AM, Nathaniel Smith wrote:

> On Wed, Sep 5, 2012 at 10:54 AM, Thomas Kluyver <takowl@gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 4 September 2012 03:14, The Helmbolds <helmrp@yahoo.com> wrote:
>>> If there is a need for a name that includes more than just SciPy, then I
>>> suggest we consider something like the following:
>>> MatSysPy, pronounced  "mat-sis-pie".
>> 
>> Thanks, I guess you're referring to my recent thread about making a
>> unified 'brand' for the scipy ecosystem? I agree that picking a good
>> name is important
>> 
>> To recap, names suggested so far:
>> 
>> Sciome - from the numfocus proposal (potential confusion with sciome.com)
>> PyScis - pronounced like pisces (potential confusion with PySCeS and
>> PySci, two unrelated Python projects)
>> Scipy-base
>> Unipy
>> MatSysPy
>> Pyengine
>> Pycraft
>> 
>> List subscribers, what do you think? Does one of those names feel
>> right to refer to the scipy/numpy/etc. stack? Would you like to rule
>> any out? Or can you think of a better name yourself?
> 
> I said something similar in the numfocus thread, but I'll throw it out again:
> 
> The only name that people seem to actually like for this is "PyLab".
> Of course the problem is that people liked it enough that it has
> existing usages (matplotlib.pylab, ipython -pylab, etc.) that AFAICT
> are now considered to be poorly put together and deprecated. But the
> actual meaning has always been pretty much what we're looking for
> here, and it has existing name recognition. Maybe we'd be better off
> figuring out how to clean up the existing mess around this name
> instead of trying to start something new. (This also would have the
> advantage -- or disadvantage -- that it would require concrete tasks
> instead of just bikeshedding on the mailing list ;-).)

I'm a fan of this name as well.  It has always captured the goal of this conversation (which has been a goal of previous conversations that resulted in its earlier usage) -- A "clean up" of the existing mess as Nathaniel suggests could be done fairly easily if the domain is available and (more importantly) the community gets behind its use.

Having written this snippet years ago in an attempt to disambiguate the usage of SciPy:

http://scipy.org/SciPyDotOrg

I think this community could craft an even more coherent narrative around PyLab that can move the "brand" forward.

Best,

Travis

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