[Python-Dev] Array Enhancements

Guido van Rossum guido@python.org
Fri, 05 Apr 2002 16:47:52 -0500

> A bit type for numarray has been discussed at least briefly.  The
> implementation for a 1 bit per element array is tricky and hasn't
> been to high on anyone's implementation list.  If you were to
> propose this and offer to implement it, the Space Telescope guys
> might accept it.  It definitely needs discussion though.

An alternative might be a separate bit-array implementation: it seems
that the bit-array won't share much code with the regular array (of
any flavor), so why not make it a separate type?

In addition, Scott should definitely consider whether Numarray is a
better target for his requirements than the core array module.  It may
very well replace the current array module in the future, so your
changes might have a brighter future that way.

--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)