[Numpy-discussion] NumPy 1.0 release-candidate 1.0 this weekend

Francesc Altet faltet at carabos.com
Thu Sep 14 10:10:19 CDT 2006

El dj 14 de 09 del 2006 a les 02:11 -0700, en/na Andrew Straw va
> >> My main focus is on the fact that you might read '<i4' as
> >> "less" than 4-bytes int, which is very confusing !
> >>   
> >>     
> > I can agree it's confusing at first, but it's the same syntax the struct 
> > module uses which is the Python precedent for this.
> >   
> I'm happy with seeing the repr() value since I know what it means, but I
> can see Sebastian's point. Perhaps there's a middle ground -- the str()
> representation for simple dtypes could contain both the repr() value and
> an English description. For example, something along the lines of
> "dtype('<i4') (4 byte integer, little endian)". For more complex dtypes,
> the repr() string could be given without any kind of English translation.


I was very used (and happy) to the numarray string representation for
types ('Int32', 'Complex64'...) and looking at how NumPy represents it
now, I'd say that this is a backwards step in readability. Something
like '<i4' would look good for a low-level library, but not for a
high-level one like NumPy, IMO.


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