Numeric and numarray

John,

What is your present thinking with respect to timetable and strategy for dropping Numeric and numarray support?

Thanks.

Eric

Eric Firing wrote:

John,

What is your present thinking with respect to timetable and strategy for dropping Numeric and numarray support?
  

With respect to this question it should be remembered that the array interface will still allow those using numarray/Numeric to use matplotlib. It's just that they will have to also install NumPy.

At the NIPS conference last week, the author of CVXOPT was there and it was interesting to see that he had no problems using matplotlib for the array object they came up with for CVXOPT because of the array interface.

So, it seem to me that encouraging people to download NumPy in order to use matplotlib is actually a good thing even if they don't convert all their legacy code immediately.

I suppose the only group left out will be those who refuse to update their Numeric installation to use Numeric > 23.8

-Travis

Eric Firing wrote:

What is your present thinking with respect to timetable and strategy for dropping Numeric and numarray support?

+1 for dropping them in future versions.

As John so eloquently pointed out recently, MPL is faced with a great challenge in supporting so many python versions, backends, etc. This in one place we can simplify.

In theory, MPL can use numpy internally, and still get data passed to it from Numeric and numarray with the array protocol, so you wouldn't be completely abandoning users stuck with the older packages.

-Chris

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