First I need to acknowledge the generosity of the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Without their help and support pyGTM would not exist.
About two years ago I found myself in a quandry. I needed to store, retrieve, interact with and query collections of python objects. What I found myself thinking about time and time again was that mumps globals would be the way to go; an object-object wrapper that could wed the best of python and mumps. Now I have a small prototype, which works with GT.M, that is a python module which demonstrates that python and mumps can indeed work together.
This project has a long way to go. A brief roadmap for what I need to do:
1) Recognize what python variable type and pass a variable type flag with the data going into GT.M so we can re-cast the data back as the correct python type.
2) Modify a copy of python's cPickle to iterate the whole python object by replacing the calls to add to the serialized string with calls to #1 above. This will move whole python objects into and out of GT.M as needed.
3) Make an interactive set of calls to provide direct access to any part of a specific object. (mapping dots to commas)
4) Make a query interface to query across multiple objects of the same or similar classes.
What I really need is people who are good at C, has an appreciation of python (particularly cPickle), and is open to Mumps. Any help will be sincerely appreciated.
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