[PYTHON MATRIX-SIG] NASA Research Announcement - Astrophysics Data Program
Fri, 7 Mar 1997 07:56:38 +0800 (WST)
> Johann Hibschman wrote:
> If you want to get astronomers interested in python, you may want
> to wrap the PGPLOT libraries. Someone just asked about that on
> comp.lang.python, and it started me thinking about how hard a task that
> would be.
Yes, I asked about PGPLOT ports to python on c.l.p.
The PGPLOT distribution includes a C version, and Using SWIG it was
trivial to wrap up most of pgplot into a python module, at least all
the subroutines with only scalar arguments.
It seems to me that it _ought_ to be trivial to extend the SWIGed code
to import array and matrix data (1d and 2d) from python objects to
pointers for the C/fortran library, but it's beyond my naive skill.
Python would then have a commonly used (by astronomers) plotting
module complete with vector plots, contouring, grey-scale and false
colour plots. Perl has had this available in extremely easy to use
form for over a year I think.
> On the down side, PGPLOT is still tied to FORTRAN, so it would be nice
> to encourage people to move to something else. But, then again, having
> PGPLOT available in an easy form would encourage people to try the python
> system in the first place. So, clearly, the answer is to get PGPLOT
> working to sucker people in, but then stop supporting it to get them to
> switch. ;-)
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