[Python-Dev] PEP: Adding data-type objects to Python

Travis E. Oliphant oliphant.travis at ieee.org
Sun Oct 29 08:46:39 CET 2006

Greg Ewing wrote:
> Nick Coghlan wrote:
>> I'd say the answer to where we put it will be dependent on what happens to the 
>> idea of adding a NumArray style fixed dimension array type to the standard 
>> library. If that gets exposed through the array module as array.dimarray, then 
>> it would make sense to expose the associated data layout descriptors as 
>> array.datatype.
> Seem to me that arrays are a sub-concept of binary data,
> not the other way around. So maybe both arrays and data
> types should be in a module called 'binary' or some such.

Yes, very good point.

That's probably one reason I'm proposing the data-type first before the 
array interface in the extended buffer protocol.


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