[Numpy-discussion] genloadtxt : last call

Christopher Barker Chris.Barker@noaa....
Tue Dec 9 11:59:30 CST 2008

Jarrod Millman wrote:

>>From the user's perspective, I would like all the NumPy IO code to be
> in the same place in NumPy; and all the SciPy IO code to be in the
> same place in SciPy.


>  So I
> wonder if it would make sense to incorporate AstroAsciiData?

Doesn't it overlap a lot with genloadtxt? If so, that's a bit confusing 
to new users.

> 3. What about data source?

> Should we remove datasource?  Start using it more?

start  using it more -- it sounds very handy.

>  Does it need to be
> slightly or dramatically improved/overhauled?

no comment here - I have no idea.

> Documentation
> ---------------------
>  Let me try NumPy; this seems
> pretty good.  Now let's see how to load in some of my data....")

totally key -- I have a colleague that has used Matlab a fair bi tin 
past that is starting a new project -- he asked me what to use. I, of 
course, suggested python+numpy+scipy. His first question was -- can I 
load data in from excel?

One more comment -- for fast reading of lots of ascii data, fromfile() 
needs some help -- I wish I had more time for it -- maybe some day.


Christopher Barker, Ph.D.

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