What would you like to see in a book about Matplotlib?

Dotan Cohen dotancohen at gmail.com
Sun Jan 11 10:02:59 CET 2009


2009/1/5 Sandro Tosi <matrixhasu at gmail.com>:
> Hello and Happy 2009!
>
> I received the interesting proposal to author a book on Matplotlib,
> the powerful 2D plotting library for Python.
>
> While preparing the arguments list, I'd like to hear even your
> opinion, because different points-of-view will lead to a better
> product.
>
> Some basic question I'd like to ask are:
>
> - what are you using matplotlib for?
> - what are the things you like the most of matplotlib, that you want
> to give emphasis to? And why?
> - what are the (basic) things that, when you were beginning to use
> matplotlib, you wanted to see grouped up but couldn't find?
> - what would you like to see in a book about matplotlib?
> - what are some those advanced feature that made you yell "WOW!!" ?
> - what are the things you'd like to explore of matplotlib and never
> had time to do?
>
> Your suggestions are really appreciated :) And wish me good luck!

I wish you good luck!

I would suggest at least a chapter on _acquiring_ the data that is to
be plotted using Python to scrape different sources _not_designed_ to
be scraped. Online webpages come to mind. An example on retrieving,
for instance, the prices of varying currencies, parsing the HTML
pages, extracting the data, and then plotting it would be a great
example for a real worlds usage that show matplotlib as a tool in a
toolchain, not a means to an end.

-- 
Dotan Cohen

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