[SciPy-user] Pros and Cons of Python verses other array environments

R. Padraic Springuel R.Springuel at umit.maine.edu
Thu Sep 28 15:17:57 CDT 2006

For those of you objecting to the "difficulty" in importing several 
different packages to get all the different capabilities here going at 
once, there is an easy fix here suggested by Travis's use of Pylab as 
the title for the grouping.  If you look at matplotlib's pylab.py file 
that it places in your site-packages directory, its just redirects the 
import statement to find what's needed.  Add a few lines to this file 
and it can pull in numpy, scipy, and IPython at the same time.  What 
might make things easier for the beginner would be to have all of the 
packages Travis mentioned available in a bundled download that is easily 
installable (like Enthought Python, but without the extra bells & 
whistles) and with a modified version of the pylab.py file that contains 
all the necessary import statements.

It might also be nice if this kind of package would automatically 
configure the interpreter to issue the necessary import statements 
automatically when it starts.  In this way, the beginner need not learn 
about import statements right away.  All the basics are right there for 

R. Padraic Springuel
Teaching Assistant
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Maine
Bennett 309
Office Hours: Wednesday 2-3pm

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