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EuroPython: Interview of Paul F. Dubois of Numeric Python

Jun 01, 2002, 07:00 (7 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to EuroPython for this link. ]

"E: When did you start using Python and how did you get involved with the Numeric Python library?

"PD: In 1984 I wrote a system ("Basis") for steering Fortran 77 codes with a Fortran-like interpreted array language that I designed. This system was very successful and really changed the way we did scientific computing -- but it was F77-centric and it was going to be hard to adapt it to the object-oriented world and to Fortran 90. About 1994 I could see that I needed to design a future for this system because we really depended on it. I was doing research on this topic and had a prototype in progress when I discovered Python. It was remarkably similar to my prototype and the language design was better than mine. All it lacked was an array language. We decided to go with Python and use our efforts to get a Numeric extension written..."

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