[SciPy-dev] new member.

Joe Harrington jh@physics.ucf....
Sun Feb 22 21:34:39 CST 2009

Hi Kevin, welcome to the list.

> But I don't see why we can't compete with industry technology's
> feature set----while providing extra modularity, flexibility,
> portability, and extensibility.

I think the answer is simply one of available labor and coordination,
so if you're willing to work, you are part of the solution.  Others
will have differing opinions, but I feel we are weakest, still, in
documentation and packaging.  Both areas are improving, but both have
a long way to go.  So, if you want to get this package adopted
fastest, helping in those areas would probably bring the biggest bang
per hour spent.

My position is that if we make this package easy for new people to
install and learn (as in, click in synaptic or yum or whatever package
manager you use, read an obviously-placed getting started doc, and
start playing), it will spread rapidly.  Teachers and professors will
use it in their classes because they know anyone can run it on any
machine, easily and for free.  The resulting, enlarged community will
then make it much easier to build out and maintain, since that will
solve the labor problem.

So, head on over to docs.scipy.org, or contact the packaging team, and
dive in.  (And if it isn't obvious, the same invitation goes to all
our lurkers.  Pitching in is easy, and very rewarding!)

Welcome again,


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