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Re: [Axiom-developer] domains with parameters versus Python classes

From: Bill Page
Subject: Re: [Axiom-developer] domains with parameters versus Python classes
Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2007 23:30:16 -0400
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Quoting Gabriel Dos Reis <address@hidden>:

"Bill Page" <address@hidden> writes:
| See:
| For Python developers this might be interpreted as an
| argument in favor of Python and against Aldor/Spad. So
| I think we need to find another more convincing example. :-)

Just be aware that that is a slippery slot...

Hmmm... "a slippery slot"?

I presume you mean that we could easily get stuck endlessly
trying to making such comparisons without advancing the
Axiom project in any substantial way? Perhaps.

But the point of this exercise for me is still to present Spad
for Python programmers - not really an argument for or against
one or the other. Presenting it this way as a challenge seems
like a way of motivating more interest in this subject. I think this
is important for some of the same reasons that people currently
doing computer algebra and symbolic computation in Python
(e.g. SymPy and Sage) think it is important: because there are
a *lot* of people who know or are learning to program in Python
while there is a much much smaller number of people who have
or are developing the skills to program in Axiom. If Axiom (and
Aldor) has a future, I think we have to find some way to interest
even a small share of that talent.

Bill Page.

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