boxplot

I agree. Pierre, maybe you should google Simson's name here
before taking a condescending tone.

Anyway, I agree with the other suggestion that a lot of the stuff here
should be wikied. Now, Pierre said that one can edit the wiki, but when
I tried it ( http://scipy.org/Cookbook/Matplotlib?action=edit ), I get an
error saying "You are not allowed to edit this page." So, may I suggest
that the Wiki be opened up for editing? Information flows much more
quickly if everyone can contribute.

Cheers,
  Dave

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On 12/16/06, Simson Garfinkel <simsong@...1340...> wrote:

On Dec 16, 2006, at 12:02 PM, Pierre GM wrote:

> I know, the learning curve is a bit steep at first, but soon you'll
> be a real
> pro.

Thanks. I have roughly 30 years of programming experience and know
something like 20+ languages. The learning curve here is steep, and I
think that a lot could be done to make it less steep.

> Thanks. I have roughly 30 years of programming experience and know
> something like 20+ languages. The learning curve here is steep, and I
> think that a lot could be done to make it less steep.

I agree. Pierre, maybe you should google Simson's name here
before taking a condescending tone.

I apologize if I offended anyone, this was really not my intention at all. My
point was that after only a few hours, it is indeed possible to get
impressive results and become a real MPL pro.

Anyway, I agree with the other suggestion that a lot of the stuff here
should be wikied. Now, Pierre said that one can edit the wiki, but when
I tried it ( http://scipy.org/Cookbook/Matplotlib?action=edit ), I get an
error saying "You are not allowed to edit this page." So, may I suggest
that the Wiki be opened up for editing? Information flows much more
quickly if everyone can contribute.

Well, I think you have to register before being able to edit pages. There's a
login button on the top right of your screen.
But I agree that it's not intuitive (I have to poke around for a while to find
it) (and then remember my login name).

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On Saturday 16 December 2006 13:01, David Chin wrote:

On 12/16/06, Simson Garfinkel <simsong@...1340...> wrote:

I apologize if I offended anyone, this was really not my intention at all.

Oh, I was never offended.

My
point was that after only a few hours, it is indeed possible to get
impressive results and become a real MPL pro.

I think that it's possible to get impressive results in a few hours, but not become a pro. I've been using matplotlib for something like 20-40 hours right now. I've done some neat things, but have had some problems.

I've also written a neat pre-processor that allows you to embed python and matplotlib code in LaTeX, so you don't need to have it all spread out. And you can populate the results from SQL queries, right there in the LaTeX. It makes paper writing much easier.

> I apologize if I offended anyone, this was really not my intention
> at all.

Oh, I was never offended.

Thanks a lot for your patience nevertheless.

I think that it's possible to get impressive results in a few hours,
but not become a pro.

I see that as an advantage: you can never get bored, there's always something
new to learn (I should have listened to my mom and spend less time in front
of the TV as a kid). But I admit it can get a bit frustrating, when you
eventually find out that there was a really simple solution to a problem,
alas undocumented and buried in the code (for example, the xaxis_date thingie
which doesn't do much).

I've been using matplotlib for something like
20-40 hours right now. I've done some neat things, but have had some
problems.

That's when the mailing list becomes really useful.

I've also written a neat pre-processor that allows you to embed
python and matplotlib code in LaTeX, so you don't need to have it all
spread out. And you can populate the results from SQL queries, right
there in the LaTeX. It makes paper writing much easier.

Oh, that sounds great ! Could you post it somewhere ? I'm sure it'd be quite
useful (I do have a need for it myself...)

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On Saturday 16 December 2006 13:47, Simson Garfinkel wrote:

I've made an initial release at http://www.simson.net/pylatex.tar.gz

It's very preliminary, and you'll need to figure out the latex stuff yourself. I had wanted to put in some more examples, but haven't figure out a good way to do it easily....

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On Dec 16, 2006, at 1:58 PM, Pierre GM wrote:

I've also written a neat pre-processor that allows you to embed
python and matplotlib code in LaTeX, so you don't need to have it all
spread out. And you can populate the results from SQL queries, right
there in the LaTeX. It makes paper writing much easier.

Oh, that sounds great ! Could you post it somewhere ? I'm sure it'd be quite
useful (I do have a need for it myself...)