I have been traveling recently and talking to friendly Geeks I didn’t know yet. I have been surprised to see that many people were pronouncing “Mayavi”, “Maya-V-I”, is in “V-I”, like the old Unix editor. Maybe this comes from the spelling “MayaVi”, that Prabhu and I recently decided to avoid. Well, Mayavi is actually pronounced [...]
Archive for March, 2008
We really need to get numpy 1.0.5 out. And for this release to rock, we want to have good docs. This is why Jarrod offered to have a doc sprint tomorrow.
In addition we are currently having a sprint in Paris for neuroimaging in Python, with a bunch of numpy developers. Some of us are going [...]
I have decided that delivering packages of the latest release of the Enthought Tool Suite to the users was something important, as some of the new features (interactive docs for Mayavi, decoupling of Mlab from Envisage) are really neat, and we have the feeling the suite is quite mature.
I spent the whole day fighting with [...]
Matthieu talks about leveraging the unused desktop-computer power in his lab for performing calculation. I share his feeling that there is a huge potential here, and I think this is where the work on IPython1 by Fernando, Brian and Benjamin comes into play. Hopefully one day we will have a tool to transform prototyping code [...]
I just wanted to echo a very good blog post about usability:
Users are busy not stupid.
As you design something, ask “is this relevant to what people are trying to do?” rather than “is this confusing?” [...] It doesn’t matter whether people could figure something out. It matters whether they’re interested in figuring it out [...]
Many of our users use Windows. I don’t, I use Linux, but I completely respect people’s choice to use the OS they want, as I expect other people to respect my choice. As Prabhu also run Linux (and MacOS X), this means I should sometimes roll up my sleeves and try out Mayavi under Windows. [...]