[Numpy-discussion] Numpy/Cython Google Summer of Code project idea

David Cournapeau david@ar.media.kyoto-u.ac...
Fri Mar 7 21:36:14 CST 2008

Joris De Ridder wrote:
> Thanks. I've a few questions concerning the objections against ctypes.  
> It's part of the Python standard library, brand new from v2.5, and it  
> allows creating extensions. Disregarding it, requires therefore good  
> arguments, I think. I trust you that there are, but I would like to  
> understand them better.  For ctypes your extensions needs to be  
> compiled as a shared library, but as numpy is moving towards Scons  
Please note that a full move toward scons is not likely to happen soon. 
It will have to be the default build system for both numpy and scipy, 
unless someone hacks a ctypes-based extension builder (e.g dynamically 
loaded library builder) for distutils.

Another issue is the detection of a 3rd party library to be usable by 
ctypes: this should be easy to do in distutils, and not too difficult 
for scons.



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