[Numpy-discussion] IDE's for numpy development?

Charles R Harris charlesr.harris at gmail.com
Thu Apr 2 18:50:27 EDT 2015

On Thu, Apr 2, 2015 at 7:46 AM, David Cournapeau <cournape at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Wed, Apr 1, 2015 at 7:43 PM, Charles R Harris <
> charlesr.harris at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Wed, Apr 1, 2015 at 11:55 AM, Sturla Molden <sturla.molden at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>> Charles R Harris <charlesr.harris at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> > I'd be
>>> > interested in information from anyone with experience in using such an
>>> IDE
>>> > and ideas of how Numpy might make using some of the common IDEs easier.
>>> >
>>> > Thoughts?
>>> I guess we could include project files for Visual Studio (and perhaps
>>> Eclipse?), like Python does. But then we would need to make sure the
>>> different build systems are kept in sync, and it will be a PITA for those
>>> who do not use Windows and Visual Studio. It is already bad enough with
>>> Distutils and Bento. I, for one, would really prefer if there only was
>>> one
>>> build process to care about. One should also note that a Visual Studio
>>> project is the only supported build process for Python on Windows. So
>>> they
>>> are not using this in addition to something else.
>>> Eclipse is better than Visual Studio for mixed Python and C development.
>>> It
>>> is also cross-platform.
>>> cmake needs to be mentioned too. It is not fully integrated with Visual
>>> Studio, but better than having multiple build processes.
>> Mark chose cmake for DyND because it supported Visual Studio projects.
>> OTOH, he said it was a PITA to program.
> I concur on that:  For the 350+ packages we support at Enthought, cmake
> has been a higher pain point than any other build tool (that is including
> custom ones). And we only support mainstream platforms.
> But the real question for me is what does visual studio support mean ?
> Does it really mean solution files ?
I have no useful experience with Visual Studio, so don't really know, but
solution files sounds like a step in the right direction. What do solution
files provide?

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