[Edu-sig] NumPy (was: Textbooks)
gerry.lowry at abilitybusinesscomputerservices.com
Sat Feb 25 19:43:29 CET 2006
Paul, no, I have not tried NumPy (Numerical Extensions To Python).
The only Python (yet to be read) book that I own is Andre Lessa's
"Python Developer's Handbook", 2001, SAMS.
Lessa mentions briefly (p. 15, last paragraph) NumPy and
again later (pp. 364-367). Lessa shows not a line of NumPy
on those pages, although he gives URL's. Lessa fails to
mention the connection to J, perhaps for fear of frightening us away.
Calling Java::Python "JPython" further dooms J to anonymity.
I.e., it leads one to think of "J" as implying Java. Likewise,
the Evil Empire's J++ and J# products.
Kirby is correct about the ability to write really weird looking code in J.
(I assume that is what is meant by "J is maybe the most weird language I know").
Paul, thank you ... NumPy is now on my list of future investigations.
"If your only tool is a hammer, all of your problems tend to look like nails". (author unknown)
From: "Paul Barrett" <pebarrett at gmail.com>
Sent: Saturday, February 25, 2006 12:18 PM
Subject: Re: [Edu-sig] Textbooks
The multidimensional array modules in their various incarnations, Numeric,
Numarray and Numpy - with the Numpy being the latest and hopeful last - are
based on J's array semantics and behaviour. So in some sense, you can teach
J programming concepts by using Numpy.
Have you you tried Numpy?
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