[Numpy-discussion] Newbie Question, Probability

Robert Kern robert.kern at gmail.com
Wed Dec 27 15:35:31 CST 2006

Christopher Barker wrote:
> pearu at cens.ioc.ee wrote:
>>  I have been working on
>> f2py rewrite to support wrapping Fortran 90 types among other F90
>> constructs and as a result we have almost a complete Fortran parser in
>> Python. It is relatively easy to use this parser to automatically convert
>> Fortran 77 codes that we have in scipy to C codes whenever no Fortran
>> compiler is available.
> Cool!
> How is the different/better than the old standby f2c?
> One issue with f2c is that it required a pretty good set of libs to 
> support stuff that Fortran had that C didn't -- complex numbers come to 
> mind, I'm not sure what else was is in libf2c.
> In fact, I've often wondered why scipy doesn't use f2c.

Generally speaking, g77 was always more likely to work on more platforms with
less hassle.

Robert Kern

"I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma
 that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had
 an underlying truth."
  -- Umberto Eco

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