[SciPy-user] Scipy + Vision = LabView ?

Stef Mientki s.mientki@ru...
Fri Nov 2 13:31:53 CDT 2007

hi Gael,

Gael Varoquaux wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 31, 2007 at 11:51:07PM +0100, Matthieu Brucher wrote:
>>    2007/10/31, Paul Barrett <[1]pebarrett@gmail.com>:
>>      No, you are not dreaming.  I also commented on this possibility
>>      several years ago to some people in the SciPy community.
>>      Unfortunately, I have not had the time or motivation to act on it.  It
>>      would certainly be nice to have a basic package to show people.
>>      You'll need to create a set of APIs so that you can connect to
>>      instrumentation.  It shouldn't be too hard now that the interfaces
>>      have been standardized.
>>    Sorry, it was in fact Vision and Viper I saw in the past as well.
>>    The idea is great but the application, IMHO, is not quite optimal :
>>    - even for the tutorial, the rotate bloc should have two inputs, the image
>>    and the rotation angle (this last factor could be given by the result of
>>    another algorithm)
>>    - what about multithreading in this model ?
>>    - what about flow control ? (which is really a huge issue that is lacking
>>    in ITK for instance)
>>    - is there a way to create a bunch of blocks easily ?
>>    All this has consequences on the interface. Besides, it would be very
>>    great to use Traits as input and output blocks.
> Enthought has a very promising deveolppement in this direction, that uses
> inspection of a Python script to build the diagram. IMHO it is much more
> powerful than vision because most of the work is done automaticaly. Look
> at Eric Jones' presentation at this year's Scipy to read a bit more about
> it.
> Vision is really impressive. I am just worried that it is hard to reuse.
> It is an empire of its own. 
> As a general note on the mailing list, there are a lot of impressive
> projects, but often they are centered on themselves, and do not provide a
> good interface and reusable components. Recently Prabhu and I have been
> working on Mayavi2 to make it more reusable, turning it into an engine
> and widget that can be decoupled from the UI. This kind of approach is
> very important to avoid duplication of effort. Concerning vision, there
> are at least 3 or 4 projects doing Visual programming for scientific
> Python purposes.
Well I'm very interested to see these projects !
>  It tears my heart to see that many different efforts not
> sharing code, but the reason is simply that each project is hard to
> reuse.
> An, yes, I agree that traits would do a perfect basis to build a reusable
> visual progamming model. Traits do need a better packaging and
> deployement, but that is a problem much easier to solve than build a new
> GUI dialog engine.
> My 2cents,
> Gael
I'm not sure how to react on this message,
I think Enthought has done an incredible job,
in making the Scipy Enthought Edition, ...
... and probably Traits is remarkable development, but ...
... I don't understand one bit of it !!
So it's either much too high brow for me, or it's brought too much high 
I can't find a few simple examples that I can download, with the 
guarantee that my current Scipy environment is untouched.
I took a very quick look at one of your powerpoints presentations, more 
than 95% text ??
are we taking about a UI ??

Gael, forget my words,
make it more open and  easier to step into.

Stef Mientki

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