Part of the fun I've had with Python is watching (and trying to participate in) the rapid development of it's capabilities. I've packaged a couple minor things, array_to_latex and vibration_toolbox, and am working on the Vibration Testing Toolbox or whatever I may name it. You can see I'm still a bit Matlab fixated. However, as I grow, I'm constantly discovering that my Matlab fixation has caused my programming skills to atrophy. So, with my move to python I'm also learning the Python ecosystem who the "players" I need to watch are. Sometimes it's a person, sometimes it's a particular website or blog of interest. Nevertheless, I'm listing them here so I can find them, and maybe that will help you too. The best description of why a link/person is here is that I need to keep going back and looking/watching.


Over time I've noticed I keep going back to the same people for help/guidance. Some of them know me, or at least they've responded to my contacts. Others don't have a clue that I have found their work immensely helpful. They are in no specific order.

  1. Travis Oliphant: Scientific computing in Python wouldn't be the ecosystem it is without him.
  2. Jake VanderPlas: A number of great tidbits on high powered computing, plotting, and understanding the Python ecosystem.
  3. Lorena Barba: I also link to her github page below. I don't think she sleeps.
  4. Steven Silvester: Helped me a lot, and has a lot of neat tricks in his pages and packages. Super nice guy.
  5. Olga Botvinnik: Not blogging as much as she once did, but always good reading. Her blog helped me get started in matplotlib. I do wish she had more time to write on Python as she excels in clean and clear explanation.
  6. Roshan Rush: A slew of great YouTube videos on things Python


The following are pages I've found immensely useful.

  1. Scipy: Central to scientific computing in python
  2. CFD Python
  3. Conda Full Install: People just need to find this often enough
[1]Ironically, early on he expressed clear reluctance on my part to convert to the standards of the then substantially differing Octave help system. I think he missed when I came to agree with him about that and other things!


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