[Numpy-discussion] array, asarray as contiguous and friends

Travis Oliphant oliphant at ee.byu.edu
Thu Mar 23 13:59:03 CST 2006

Sasha wrote:

>On 3/23/06, Travis Oliphant <oliphant at ee.byu.edu> wrote:
>>Thus, in my mind, the array call should get another flag keyword that
>>forces a contiguous result.
>Please don't! The fortran flag is bad enough, but has too much history
>behind it.  Let's not breed boolean parameters. Sooner or later
>someone will use keword arguments positionally and you will end up
>guessing what
There are several boolean flags in the interface already.  Adding 
another one won't change the current situation that you describe. 

There are several ways to handle this.  For one, we could force the use 
of keyword arguments, so that the position problem does not arise. 

Sasha has mentioned in the past a strides array argument, but I think 
the default fortran and contiguous strides cases need better support 
then just one of many possible stridings so I wouldn't go that direction 

I'm debating whether or not the fortran flag should be used to specify 
both contiguous and fortran cases.  Right now, the fortran argument is a 
three-case flag with dont-care, True, and False arguments.  It seems 
natural to have True mean force-fortran and False mean force-contiguous 
with dont-care (the default) mean take an array already given (or create 
a C-contiguous array if we are generating a new array from another object).

At any rate, if the fortran flag is there, we need to specify the 
contiguous case as well.   So, either propose a better interface (we 
could change it still --- the fortran flag doesn't have that much 
history) to handle the situation or accept what I do ;-)


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