[AstroPy] Proliferating py-astro-libs

Perry Greenfield perry at stsci.edu
Mon Jun 13 15:29:45 EDT 2011

Oh yes. This is increasingly becoming more important. There are bits  
and pieces, but this is  one area where we really want to start making  
progress. One package that is often cited as important is the twodspec  
package, so we are beginning to start working on replacing  the  
functionality there, and not just for space-based needs.


On Jun 13, 2011, at 3:25 PM, Tommy Grav wrote:

> I think this discussion is very good. As an astronomer that does  
> most of my
> programming in Python it certainly would be easier to contribute  
> effort to
> a project that have some more unified community support similar to  
> scipy
> and numpy.
> One quick question. I have not looked at pyRAF in a while, but it  
> still is only
> a wrapper of the IRAF routines, right? Has anyone considered  
> migrating away
> from the IRAF backend to build pure python or C/Fortran wrapped  
> packages
> of the same routines? To me the installation of of IRAF and then  
> pyRAF on top
> of that has always been a barrier I never have quite made it  
> through. I know
> that one can install the Stsci package, but last time I looked it  
> installs itself
> on the root directory and consists of way to much non-python related  
> stuff.
> I find that hard to deal with as I as a mac-user use Activestate  
> python with
> the framework structure, which to me is very clean and easy to keep  
> organized.
> Cheers
>   Tommy
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