[Numpy-discussion] #734: interactive docstring search (lookfor)
Thu Apr 10 17:47:56 CDT 2008
On Thu, Apr 10, 2008 at 3:29 PM, Joris De Ridder
> On 10 Apr 2008, at 23:23, Travis E. Oliphant wrote:
> > Cool. I started scipy.misc.info a long time ago to try and do
> > this. I
> > didn't advertise it well enough ;-)
> Yep, I also started to write my own docsearch tool but neglected to
> advertise it.
> On 10 Apr 2008, at 23:58, Gael Varoquaux wrote:
> > Numpy is not the place where this should go. This should go in eg
> > ipython, which provides an interactiv frontend. One of the reasons is
> > that this is certainly not numpy-dependent.
> I kind of disagree here. Such a tool can be made much more intelligent
> and thus useful if it really hooks into NumPy/SciPy. Provide "See
> also" functionality, give info on categories of functions, use magic
> words, etc. None of these things is too difficult to implement.
> However, such capabilities are beyond the more general docstring
> search tool that would be suitable for IPython. Of course, no problem
> if IPython is willing to special-case NumPy/SciPy.
Given how I happen to make a living with numpy/scipy, the answer would be yes ;)
A slightly more proper answer: we can have this special-casing easily
available without 'polluting' the ipython core code, since ipython can
load fairly self-contained features, even automatically. So this
extension (which Paul just provided as an ipython ticket, thanks!!)
can be loaded only if numpy is around for use.
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