[Numpy-discussion] Proposed Roadmap Overview

Eric Firing efiring@hawaii....
Sat Feb 18 02:16:15 CST 2012

On 02/17/2012 09:55 PM, David Cournapeau wrote:
> I may not have explained it very well: my whole point is that we don't
> recruite people, where I understand recruit as hiring full time,
> profesional programmers.We need more people who can casually spend a few
> hours - typically grad students, scientists with an itch. There is no
> doubt that more professional programmers know c++ compared to C. But a
> community project like numpy has different requirements than a
> "professional" project.

My sense from the thread so far is that the C++ push is part of the new 
vision, in which numpy will make the transition to a more "professional" 
level, with paid developers, and there will no longer be the expectation 
that "grad students, scientists with an itch" will dive into the 
innermost guts of the code.  The guts will be more like Qt or AGG or 
0MQ--solid, documented libraries that just work (I think--I don't really 
know that much about these examples), so we can take them for granted 
and worry about other things instead.   If that can be accomplished, it 
is certainly more than fine with me; and if the best way to accomplish 
that is with C++, so be it.


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