[SciPy-User] Central File Exchange for SciPy

Almar Klein almar.klein@gmail....
Fri Oct 29 15:53:26 CDT 2010

I agree with the OP. The Matlab file exchange is a great tool for developers
to easily publish small (but also larger) pieces of code, and for people to
search for particular code.

As to what features I think such a system should have: It should be a
repository capable of storing thousands of entries, which should be indexed,
and categorized so that users can easily find code they are looking for. A
review system and comments would also be nice.

One `problem´ is that many Python developers that have a great tool, publish
it as an open source project on googlecode for example. Maybe such projects
could be entered in the database as well, with a reference to the googlecode
website for the code itself.

I think it is a great idea, as it would help unite the Python scientific
community. One (maybe the only) disadvantage I found when converting from
Matlab to the Holy Language, is that the Python world seems a bit
fragmented; you have to download Python from www.python.org, then numpy and
scipy from scipy.org, etc. A repository of the likes of the Matlab file
exchange would put at least all non standard code in a single place, which
would be a big advantage.

But who's going to set up and maintain such a big project, and whos going to
pay for the server?


On 29 October 2010 18:15, denis <denis-bz-gg@t-online.de> wrote:

> > On Sun, Oct 24, 2010 at 10:43 AM, O <mondif...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > > I'm a recent convert from MatLab.
> > > One thing I miss is the Central File Exchange.  Are there any plans
> ...
> O,
>  can you describe a bit which parts of Matlab Central you want most ?
> As Josef says, Scipy uses mail forums, ask.scipy.org,
> stackoverflow ...
> to answer questions pretty fast. Do you / do other users want
> - package reviews / comments / advertising --
>    for new users, for experts ? Examples from Matlab ?
> - overviews of major areas, along the lines of Wikipedia articles
>    with links to detailed doc and recipes ?
> I believe that Scipy experts get more points for new stuff
> and for answering questions than they would for either of these.
> Matlab has a different reward system:
>    "I believe in Art, but my manager believes in money,
>    and who am I to argue with such a baboon ?"
>        -- Groucho Marx
> cheers
>   -- denis
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