[SciPy-dev] Inclusion of cython code in scipy
Wed Apr 23 08:00:53 CDT 2008
On Wed, Apr 23, 2008 at 8:17 AM, Nathan Bell <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 22, 2008 at 6:19 PM, Anne Archibald
> <email@example.com> wrote:
> > What do people think about including cython code in scipy?
> Writing a substantial amount of code in a special-purpose language
> like Cython is always risky. Will Cython exist in 5,10,15 years?
> I have little doubt that in 10 years I'll still be able to compile the
> C/C++ codes I develop today. Furthermore, if Cython/SWIG/SciPy/NumPy
> disappeared overnight I'd still have a decent library to work with.
> IMO using Cython for one-off application or wrappers is fine, but
> large-scale Cython implementation is probably a bad long-term
Isn't this a similar (if not the same) problem when writing your code
Let's take sparsetools.i as an example, it also contains a lot of non
python, non C code. So one needs to depend (and maintain!) SWIG. Well,
Cython is a lot more lightweight and more robust solution imho.
Of course it'd be great if the Cython code would also be a regular
Python code, but that will still take some time. But they seem to like
it, for example when I first learned about Cython, I told Robert and
William -- why to use this ugly "for i from 1 <= i < dim:", why not to
use the python way
"for i in range(1, dim):"? And Robert has implemented this in less than a month.
The next step could be to generate Cython code from regular Python
code with annotations in comments or strings imho.
But even if Cython stays as yet another language -- it's still easier
and less error prone than to write the C code by hand.
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