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

Nick Coghlan ncoghlan at gmail.com
Mon Oct 30 11:00:42 CET 2006

Neal Becker wrote:
> I have watched numpy with interest for a long time.  My own interest is to
> possibly use the c-api to wrap c++ algorithms to use from python.
> One thing that has concerned me, and continues to concern me with this
> proposal, is that it seems to suffer from a very fat interface.  I
> certainly have not studied the options in any depth, but my gut feeling is
> that the interface is too fat and too complex.  I wonder if it's possible
> to avoid this.  I wonder if this is an example of all the methods sinking
> to the base class.

You've just described my number #1 concern with incorporating NumPy wholesale, 
and the reason I believe it would be nice to cherry-pick a couple of key 
components for the standard library, rather than adopting the whole thing.

Travis has done a lot of work towards that goal (the latest result of which is 
this pre-PEP for describing the individual array elements in a way that is 
more flexible than the single character codes of the current array module).


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