[Pythonmac-SIG] [Numpy-discussion] 1.4.0 installer fails on OSX 10.6.2
amorris at mistermorris.com
Wed Jan 6 17:41:28 CET 2010
> However, there is a different type of Mac user -- the type that has
> traditionally used Macs. Some of these folks are giving a bit of programming
> a try, and have heard that python is an easy to learn language -- and, cool,
> OS-X even comes with it installed!
It's true there is definitely a market. But that last part is most
important. I actually think that python is best suited to take over
applescript in the scripting business. I mean, what a limited language
applescript is, compared to how easy Python is!
But then they soon enough discover that they need additional packages of
> some sort --- and numpy is a very, very useful package, and not just for the
> experienced programmer (think Matlab users, for instance). These folks
> haven't installed the compiler, don't know 64 from 32 bit, and heaven
> forbid, have no idea how the heck to compile a dependency with the
> "./configure && make && make install" dance.
I do know my 64 from 32, but since I've been teaching teenagers for the last
five years I am definitely rusty. So I would fit into this category. And I
definitely think there aren't enough docs out there. Apple's PyObjC still
talks about Tiger!
Some years ago, the community on the pythonmac list made significant efforts
> to try to support these folks. Primarily what they need are binary
> installers. We also more or less declared the python.orgpython as the
> official python to support, and even had a repository of pre-built packages
> (http://pythonmac.org/packages/py25-fat/index.html). It was pretty handy
> -- you could get python itself and all the major packages there, all working
Python 2.6.4 with setuptools is a fairly simple matter, again, it's just a
matter of it being "out there."
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