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Finance, Scientific Users Get ActivePython Updates 131

jcasman sends along this clip from PCWorld: "ActiveState has added three open source mathematics libraries to its ActivePython Python distribution that might interest financial and scientific computing markets, the company announced Thursday. The packages are being added, in part, to anticipate the demand that may arise from new proposed rules for the US financial community brought about by the US Securities and Exchange Commission. ... In April, the government agency posted a set of proposed rules for handling asset-backed securities that called for financial firms to disclose, along with their prospectus filings, the source code of the programs that generated the filings, as rendered in Python. The government agency will be accepting input about the proposed rule until August 2. The three libraries that are being added to the ActivePython package are NumPy, SciPy, and matplotlib."
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Finance, Scientific Users Get ActivePython Updates

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  • by SeriouslyNoClue ( 1842116 ) on Friday June 25, 2010 @11:49AM (#32691522)
    Okay so I'm the lead Microsoft certified developer at a Fortune 500 company. I have to get this crappy software integrated with our project that is running as a Win32 application by the end of the month and so I downloaded the packages and dragged and dropped them into Microsoft Visual Studio. Then I created a VB file that basically calls SciPy.getSECReport(somedata) and nothing happens. I get some "Error Method or data member not found" even though the stuff I downloaded was unzipped and dragged right into the rest of my libraries in my WIN32 directory.

    Oh and I also tried double clicking the packages and nothing happens ... as well as dragging and dropping the excel files onto the packages (I'm not an idiot, I've tried everything). I even went to SourceForge to find documentation on this crap and there is nothing. Nothing! Can someone help me figure this crap out? It's impossible to use, the open source nuts have made it so it isn't streamlined and integrated with Windows. I mean, I'm a pretty talented hacker (MSCD and everything) and this just goes to show how crappy open source can be.

    Will someone please rewrite this in Visual Basic so I can do my job?
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 25, 2010 @11:51AM (#32691554)

    only faster and easier

    Since when has python ever been faster at something? *ducks*

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 25, 2010 @12:44PM (#32692382)

    >> I'm a pretty talented hacker (MSCD and everything) and this just goes to show how crappy open source can be.
    You need to replace Visual with Vim, Microsoft with a Unix flavour, drag-and-drop with shell, unzipped with untarred or unbzipped2, WIN32 with BIN, Basic with Python or C before you will be recognised here as a hacker :D

  • by X0563511 ( 793323 ) on Friday June 25, 2010 @12:44PM (#32692386) Homepage Journal

    Or the loop was part of the design.

    I leave my machine on overnight and lots of things are looping "endlessly" - and that's not a problem.

  • by sourcerror ( 1718066 ) on Friday June 25, 2010 @03:38PM (#32695112)

    Auto-indenting for Python? Are you serious?

Heuristics are bug ridden by definition. If they didn't have bugs, then they'd be algorithms.