[AstroPy] Module suggestions?

Paul Barrett Barrett at stsci.edu
Tue Aug 24 10:57:10 EDT 1999

I'm trying to compile a list of Python modules and enhancements to
current modules that the AstroPy community would like to see
developed.  Examples of such modules and enhancements are:

- Record, a module to access multi-dimensional arrays of structures
    (currently under development),
- PyFITS, an IO module for FITS files (currently under painfully slow
    development by me),
- SLAlib, a wrapper module, with some enhancements, for the StarLink
    Astronomical library,
- Numeric enhancements, such as memory mapping of large arrays, no
    up-casting during array operations, no temporaries during array
    operations, scatter/gather behavior using arrays, a module of
    useful astronomical methods (e.g. min, max, etc), etc.

My intention is not to create applications, but to develop a useful
set of basic modules that developers can use to develop applications.
For example, once the PyFITS module is complete or nearly so, someone
can use this and other modules to develop a graphical application for
browsing FITS files.

I will compile this list and try to keep it updated on a regular
basis.  So let the AstroPy community know what you think needs to be
developed and its relative importance.

Hope to hear from all of you soon.

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