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

Sasha ndarray at mac.com
Fri Mar 24 08:47:10 CST 2006

On 3/24/06, Tim Hochberg <tim.hochberg at cox.net> wrote:
>....                                                For example (and just for
> example, I make no great claims for either this name or interface):
>     a = array_from_data(a_buffer_object, dtype, dims, strides)

This looks very similar to the current ndarray "new" constructor:

 |  ndarray.__new__(subtype, shape=, dtype=int_, buffer=None,
 |                  offset=0, strides=None, fortran=False)
 |   There are two modes of creating an array using __new__:
 |   1) If buffer is None, then only shape, dtype, and fortran
 |      are used
 |   2) If buffer is an object exporting the buffer interface, then
 |      all keywords are interpreted.
 |   The dtype parameter can be any object that can be interpreted
 |      as a numpy.dtype object.

(see pydoc numpy.ndarray)

I would not mind to leave array() unchanged and move discussion to
streamlining ndarray.__new__ .  For example, some time ago I suggested
that strides should be interpreted even if buffer=None.

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