[Numpy-discussion] Proposed Roadmap Overview

Sturla Molden sturla@molden...
Fri Feb 17 21:55:03 CST 2012

Den 18. feb. 2012 kl. 04:27 skrev Jason Grout <jason-sage@creativetrax.com>:

> On 2/17/12 9:07 PM, Sturla Molden wrote:
>> Den 18. feb. 2012 kl. 01:58 skrev Charles R Harris
>> <charlesr.harris@gmail.com <mailto:charlesr.harris@gmail.com>>:
>>> On Fri, Feb 17, 2012 at 4:44 PM, David Cournapeau <cournape@gmail.com
>>> <mailto:cournape@gmail.com>> wrote:
>>>    I don't think c++ has any significant advantage over c for high
>>>    performance libraries. I am not convinced by the number of people
>>>    argument either: it is not my experience that c++ is easier to
>>>    maintain in a open source context, where the level of people is
>>>    far from consistent. I doubt many people did not contribute to
>>>    numoy because it is in c instead if c++. While this is somehow
>>>    subjective, there are reasons that c is much more common than c++
>>>    in that context.
>>> I think C++ offers much better tools than C for the sort of things in
>>> Numpy. The compiler will take care of lots of things that now have to
>>> be hand crafted and I wouldn't be surprised to see the code size
>>> shrink by a significant factor.
>> The C++11 standard is fantastic. There are automatic data types,
>> closures, reference counting, weak references, an improved STL with
>> datatypes that map almost 1:1 against any built-in Python type, a sane
>> threading API, regex, ect. Even prng is Mersenne Twister by standard.
>> With C++11 it is finally possible to "write C++ (almost) like Python".
>> On the downside, C++ takes a long term to learn, most C++ text books
>> teach bad programming habits from the beginning to the end, and C++
>> becomes inherently dangerous if you write C++ like C. Many also abuse
>> C++ as an bloatware generator. Templates can also be abused to write
>> code that are impossible to debug. While it in theory could be better, C
>> is a much smaller language. Personally I prefer C++ to C, but I am not
>> convinced it will be better for NumPy.
>> I agree about Cython. It is nice for writing a Python interface for C,
>> but get messy and unclean when used for anything else. It also has too
>> much focus on adding all sorts of "new features" instead of correctness
>> and stability. I don't trust it to generate bug-free code anymore.
> For what it's worth, Cython supports C++ now.  I'm sure there are people 
> on this list that know much better than me the extent of this support, 
> so I will let them chime in, but here are some docs on it:
> http://docs.cython.org/src/userguide/wrapping_CPlusPlus.html
> If you have specific examples of new features trumping correctness and 
> stability, I'm sure the Cython devel list would love to hear about it. 
> They seem to be pretty concerned about stability and correctness to me, 
> though I admit I don't follow the list extremely deeply.
> I don't trust any automated tool to generate bug-free code.  I don't 
> even trust myself to generate bug-free code :).
> Jason
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