[SciPy-dev] ASP: Ipython in SciPy

Joe Harrington jh at oobleck.astro.cornell.edu
Tue Nov 2 09:15:01 CST 2004

Someone questioned why to put Ipython into scipy when it's easy for
Linux users to install scipy and ipython separately.  However, that's
true of several of our packages.  There are two reasons to include

1. The sense of the BoF was that the user docs should *only* describe
   using Ipython, with the exception of a brief section describing how
   to start and use plain Python.  It won't be discussed as an
   optional thing, and the docs will make heavy use of its
   capabilities.  We want to reduce the possibility of problems, and
   since Ipython is not large or on a rapid development schedule, it
   makes sense to include it.

2. As Eric has stated in the past, scipy is supposed to be an
   inclusive package, providing everything you need or would
   reasonably want.  There are certainly other packaging philosophies,
   but that's the one he's chosen for scipy.  This makes a lot of
   sense for Windows and other places where installing is a drag.
   There are some exceptions, of course, such as things on a rapid
   release schedule (like matplotlib) and specialized application
   software, particularly the big stuff.  Excluding these is more of a
   practical decision than a principled one.


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