[Numpy-discussion] Current thoughts on future directions
Michiel Jan Laurens de Hoon
mdehoon at ims.u-tokyo.ac.jp
Thu Mar 10 18:51:16 EST 2005
Stephen Walton wrote:
> Can I put in a good word for Fortran? Not the language itself, but the
> available packages for it. I've always thought that one of the really
> good things about Scipy was the effort put into getting all those
> powerful, well tested, robust Fortran routines from Netlib inside
> Scipy. Without them, it seems to me that folks who just install the new
> scipy_base are going to re-invent a lot of wheels.
> Is it really that hard to install g77 on non-Linux platforms?
I agree that Netlib should be in SciPy. But why should Netlib be in
scipy_base? If SciPy evolves into a website of scientific packages for
python, I presume Netcdf will be in one of those packages, maybe even a
package by itself. Such a package, together with a couple of binary
installers for common platforms, will be appreciated by users and
developers who need Netcdf.
But if Netcdf is in scipy_base, you're effectively forcing most users to
waste time on Fortran only to install something they don't need. In
turn, those users will ask their developers for help if something goes
wrong (or give up altogether). And those developers, also not willing to
waste time on something they don't need, will tell their users to use
Numerical Python instead of SciPy.
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