why not arrays?
tjreedy at udel.edu
Thu Dec 16 18:35:56 CET 2004
"Nick Coghlan" <ncoghlan at iinet.net.au> wrote in message
news:41C1A246.3070401 at iinet.net.au...
> For more complex (i.e. multi-dimensional) arrays - the general answer is
> "get numpy". I'm not aware of the actual reasons why numpy is not
> included in the standard library, but some possible reasons would be:
> - size (increase the base Python download too much)
> - portability (less portable than the core interpreter)
> - stability (the numpy folks aren't yet prepared to commit to the
> backwards compatibility issues associated with being part of the standard
> - logistics (merging numpy into Python is likely to be a pain)
The base issue for all third-party package is *ownership* and attendent
issues of who controls style, contents, and timing of changes.
Transferring code or a version thereof from original authors to the PSF has
pluses and minuses for both parties.
Terry J. Reedy
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