[Numpy-discussion] Indexing with callables (was: Yorick-like functionality)

Pauli Virtanen pav@iki...
Mon May 18 13:23:02 CDT 2009

Mon, 18 May 2009 09:21:39 -0700, David J Strozzi wrote:
> I also like pointing out that Yorick was a fast, free environment
> developed by ~1990, when matlab/IDL were probably the only comparable
> games in town, but very few people ever used it.  I think this is a case
> study in the triumph of marketing over substance.  It looks like num/sci
> py are gaining enough momentum and visibility.  Hopefully the numerical
> science community won't be re-inventing this same wheel in 5 years....

Well, GNU Octave has been around about the same time, and the same for 
Scilab. Curiously enough, first public version >= 1.0 of all the three
seem to have appeared around 1994. [1,2,3] (Maybe something was in
the air that year...)

So I'd claim this particular wheel has already been reinvented pretty
thoroughly :)

.. [1] http://ftp.lanet.lv/ftp/mirror/x2ftp/msdos/programming/news/yorick.10
.. [2] http://www.scilab.org/platform/index_platform.php?page=history
.. [3] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNU_Octave#History

Pauli Virtanen

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