[Numpy-discussion] New Operators in Python
Steven H. Rogers
steve@shrogers....
Sun Mar 25 18:21:04 CDT 2007
Joe Harrington wrote:
>
> On the other hand, Python, IDL, and Matlab are attractive to us mainly
> because their syntaxes allow us to see the math, understand it on
> inspection, and verify its correctness. The math we write in these
> languages looks as much like the math we do on paper as ASCII will
> allow. (Obviously, we also choose them because we don't like writing
> loops and declaring variables.)
>
> So, whenever I hear someone suggest using a functional syntax for a
> concept that exists notationally, I cringe. We're alienating a class
> of users each time we do that. Those are people who will never come
> to Python. There are extremes to which this argument cannot go - a
> prime will never be a derivative because quotes are more important -
> but I think that matrix multiplication is a no-brainer here. We
> should let the Python developers know we want it now and then follow
> up with a syntax and implementation.
>
>
Sun's Fortress programming language
(http://research.sun.com/projects/plrg/faq/index.html) will include
Unicode operators and two dimensional equations. Something like this
should be possible for NumPy. The question is how much can and should
be pushed into the Python core language.
# Steve
More information about the Numpy-discussion
mailing list