Mark Esplin wrote:
What is the plan for the future development of Numerical Python? For example, will additional special functions be included in numpy, or is NumPy to be a building block for other applications? I guess the big question is "Will Numerical Python become a complete computing environment like Matlab or IDL?"
There is an interesting series of article on Numerical Python by Eric Hagemann on O'Reilly network (www.oreillynet.com) where Eric Hagemann is using NumPy with other python modules as a computing environment more than as a software development framework.
I think NumPy could become a lot like the development of linux. Linux strictly speaking is only the operating system kernel. However, a linux system has come to includes a whole set of packages that work together to make up a whole system.
See PEP 209: Multi-dimensional Arrays