[SciPy-dev] Is it ok to depend on ctypes for scipy code ?

Robert Kern robert.kern@gmail....
Wed Jun 13 13:32:38 CDT 2007

Brian Granger wrote:
>>>     Subject says it all. Is is ok to depends on ctypes for scipy code,
>>> or should the implementation be optional with a python fallback ?
>> I'd prefer not to depend on ctypes. More specifically, I'd prefer not to worry
>> about building or finding non-extension shared libraries.
> Given the facts that i) ctypes now comes with python2.5 and ii) that
> ctypes is proving itself to be extremely useful for wrapping C-code,
> it seems like a shame to not be able to utilize ctypes for scipy code.
>  I do understand the issue with having dependencies on external shared
> libraries that need to be built.  But, is there a reasonable way of
> addressing this problem that would open the door for using ctypes in
> scipy?

I haven't seen one, yet; otherwise, I wouldn't have made the objection.

Robert Kern

"I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma
 that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had
 an underlying truth."
  -- Umberto Eco

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