[Python-Dev] Clarification sought about including a multidimensional array object into Python core

"Martin v. Löwis" martin at v.loewis.de
Thu Feb 10 00:26:56 CET 2005

Travis Oliphant wrote:
> I am a co-author of the current PEP regarding inclusion of the 
> multidimensional array object into the core.  However, that PEP is 
> sorely outdated.
> 1) What specifically about Numeric prevented it from being acceptable as 
> an addition to the Python core.
> 2) Are there any fixed requirements (other than coding style) before an 
> arrayobject would be accepted into the Python core.

I think you answered these questions yourself. If a PEP is sorely
outdated after only 3 years of its life, there clearly is something
wrong with the PEP. Python language features will have to live
10 years or so before they can be considered outdated, and then
another 20 years before they can be removed (look at string
exceptions as an example).

So if it is still not clear what kind of API would be adequate
after all these years, it is best (IMO) to wait a few more years
for somebody to show up with a good solution to the problem
(which I admit I don't understand).


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