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Re: Python from Matlab

Hi Linda, 

Perhaps this is a good point to take the discussion offline, as  it is straying far from the scope of this auditory list?

What I get from the discussion so far is:
- Matlab has great qualities.
- It also has some issues that Python or R might address or alleviate.
- It would be great to have a smooth, efficient, reliable and secure way of calling one from the other.


On 25 Aug 2014, at 03:09, Linda Seltzer <lseltzer@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Having many years of commercial DSP software experience and experience
> with mathematical modeling and simulation, although I have the highest
> respect and regard for those who have a different way of doing things and
> who have developed software in Python, I regret that my post must present
> a dissenting point of view.
> While I respect that there are persons who wish to develop code in Python,
> I do not concur with the idea of abandoning Matlab or switching from
> Matlab to Python.
> I worked with Python after years of experience with C and Matlab.  There
> were numerical bugs in Python and the lack of strong types as in C made
> code more difficult to develop and debug.  Visual Studio is a much more
> reliable platform to develop code in a low level language and Matlab is
> faster and more reliable for implementing algorithms on a general purpose
> computer.
> When I worked with Python I attempted to participate in a user group
> online and encountered a great deal of arrogance and outright insulting
> behavior and condescension from the pretty much exclusively male group,
> which led me to become further alienated from it.
> It is possible to put together algorithms within a half hour in Matlab
> that would take considerably longer in Python.
> In my professional consulting work I refuse to work in Python as the
> client will get more work completed per hour of expense remaining with
> Matlab.  I will not go near any job that requires Python programming and
> will recommend against it to any client.
> Linda Seltzer