[Numpy-discussion] Handling of backward compatibility
Alan G Isaac
aisaac at american.edu
Thu Aug 3 00:42:05 CDT 2006
On Wed, 02 Aug 2006, Sebastian Haase apparently wrote:
> Recently someone (Torgil Svensson) here suggested to unify
> the default argument between a method and a function
> - I think the discussion was about numpy.var and it's
> "axis" argument. I would be a clear +1 on unifying these
> and have a clean design of numpy. Consequently the old way
> of different defaults should be absorbed by the oldnumeric
> sub module.
I think this consistency is *really* important for the easy
acceptance of numpy by new users. (For a user's
perspective, I also think is is just good design.) I expect
many new users to be "burned" by this inconsistency.
However, as an intermediate run (say 1 year) transition
measure to the consistent use, I would be comfortable with
the numpy functions requiring an axis argument.
One user's view,
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