switching to numpy and failing, a user story

Robert Kern robert.kern at gmail.com
Mon Oct 9 20:15:01 CEST 2006

Istvan Albert wrote:
> No one is questioning one's right to try to sell a product/book etc.
> But I happen to believe that trying to make money by selling the docs
> is stupid, you'll scare away potential users, hinder the acceptance of
> the product, further fragment the community of users needing such
> functionality. Once I hit the page asking me to pay even before telling
> me what NumPy does, I went back to Numeric. Even now I can't tell in
> what way is NumPy different from Numeric or Numarray  (I understand
> that implementation wise it is different).

Really? This link is made before any mention of the book on numpy.scipy.org:


> I wish the author all the best, with the remark that in this day and
> age with the pervasive need for large scale management/analysis he
> would/could make a lot more money by fostering relationships with
> research groups (private/university)  and selling his scientific
> computing (support) expertise rather then a pdf file.

Since he is working towards tenure, working on numpy and the book is about as 
much as his tenure committee will tolerate, and that grudgingly. Selling 
consulting services in any significant amount is probably out of the question.

Robert Kern

"I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma
  that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had
  an underlying truth."
   -- Umberto Eco

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