[AstroPy] Python documentation (was IDL to Python Switchers Guide)

Perry Greenfield perry@stsci....
Mon Jul 12 08:03:20 CDT 2010

On Jul 11, 2010, at 4:33 PM, James Turner wrote:

> Hi Kelle et al.,
> I'm not much of an IDL user personally, but I think this kind of
> documentation is great.
> I see there are a few different wiki sites cropping up, as well as
> what's on SciPy (eg. the topical software astro section and AstroLib):
>  http://scipy.org/Topical_Software#head-4891fc4038123c6a923398225a728ec92ddb2780
>  http://scipy.org/AstroLib
> Clearly some of this old SciPy stuff could do with an update -- I
> might have a quick go at that.
> In the context of the "co-ordinating libraries" thread, how do people
> feel about the way information is distributed? Should more information
> go on the SciPy pages? What about Thomas's astrokits, if we do them?
> Should astropython.org be associated with scipy.org and Astrolib? I
> don't want to push the authors around, but it seems a good time to
> consider such questions.
> Whatever happens, I'd personally like to maintain a strong link
> between our AstroLib/AstroPy developments and SciPy -- but without
> limiting our flexibility too much (eg. avoiding some shortcomings that
> Joe pointed to). That way we combine forces with the wider scientific
> community and don't just get a bigger installation headache from
> moving to Python ;-).
> Cheers,
> James.

At the same time, if the astronomy effort is getting large enough, the  
main wiki doesn't have to be at scipy. I'm flexible as to where people  
wish to host it. We can use the trac wiki for our new astrolib  
repository (should be announced very soon now...) or some other place.

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