On Thursday, 2 July 2015 at 19:51:19 UTC, Laeeth Isharc wrote:
What is the benefit from using distutils for working with D in
a notebook? There are two standards - the Python one, and the
D one. The advantage of using dub is that it becomes
wonderfully easy to pull in D projects from code.dlang.org and
to compile your own work developed under dub. (And dub itself
continues to improve). Linking to a D project of decent
complexity via distutils is not my idea of fun.
This was my train of thought too.
I do agree that for pyd itself it would be nice to retain the
option of distutils (although I would love to see dub added
pyd does have rudimentary dub support, but it's only for
embedding python in D, not the other way around. Extension
support is on my TODO list, it's not complicated.
One should look at this as an alpha, extremely promising
It is not any rough edges that are important at this stage,
but that it has been done at all (in a form that is already
The set of people that want to use computers to explore larger
data sets than lately considered comfortable in an iterative
manner is not small, even confining It just to finance. It's
of real value to be able to hook in to a proper back end that
manages market and static data, with also any data processing
and analytics also in D, and then to have a pretty and friendly
front end that can just talk to this code on the back with
minimal messing around to get there. It's also very nice to
have both Jupyter and an Excel spreadsheet at windows onto the
data on your local machine or in the enterprise cloud.
The frictions to starting to play with D in a notebook are much
lower than going via the command line, so I really am not sure
if we should be worried about making it marketable at this
stage rather than useful for doing real work. It's potentially
a nice debugging tool where you are trying to make sense of
things that don't tidily fit in a debugging window, and where
there is just too much stuff to do it via writefln or logging
without putting lots of effort into the infrastructure to find
I do like the simpler syntax (than PyD). One question is
whether you need to wrap every member of a struct.
@pdefRecursive!() or @pdef!(Recursive.yes) or @pdef!(Recursive) ?
It's totally doable.
But it's a very useful start as it stands.
As an addendum: not many people prefer to do non system type
things in C than a higher level language when time is money.
So the mindset is you build a C extension to address the worst
bits where Python's true colours shine through (ie when you are
in a tight loop within Python interpreter and not spending most
of the time in its C libraries. Or writing C glue to connect
Python to another library.
In my view, D is different. I would rather write in D than
Python, and to me it's much better Tor doing serious work.
Even for parsing a CSV I prefer it (although one could debate
the point). In any case D is not especially slower to write in
than Python (particularly when you include time spent getting
the bugs out), and in a decent number of cases it may be more
So why bother with Python at all ? Better ecosystem for
charting and exploring data, and an interpreter is better
suited generally for certain kinds of tasks. Also in some
areas more libraries, which can be helpful to get a quick
result, so that one can go back and do it properly later.
Libraries, libraries, libraries. In a perfect world we can
reimplement everything in D and it'll be awesome, but in the
"getting shit done" world that normal people inhabit they need it
to work, today. Bridges to other languages gives us that. E.g. I
have a 3D plotting library in D (still in stealth mode on that
one) that uses matplotlib via pyd to generate tick labels using
either the builtin TeX parser & renderer (OK, fast) or actually
calling out to latex (perfect, slow). Could I have done that all
myself in D? Sure. Would I? No, i would still have terribly
rendered tick labels with no TeX support. I don't have time to
write a TeX implementation, even one as rudimentary and limited
In short, you're right.
It would be v helpful to have a Datetime conversion from D.
Looks like there is a macro for converting from ymd in
datetime.h, so I guess one could just write some code against
this API in C, D, or Cython and link it in with D so one can
transfer data structures over more easily.
I know just enough about that topic to be very scared.