[Numpy-discussion] Release of 1.0b5 this weekend
oliphant at ee.byu.edu
Tue Aug 29 15:36:09 CDT 2006
Charles R Harris wrote:
> The 1.0rc1 release of NumPy will be mid September I suspect.
> Also, I recognize that the default-axis switch is a burden for
> those who
> have already transitioned code to use NumPy (for those just
> starting out
> it's not a big deal because of the compatibility layer).
> I am curious as to why you made this switch. Not complaining, mind.
New-comers to NumPy asked why there were different conventions on the
methods and the functions for the axis argument. The only reason was
backward compatibility. Because we had already created a compatibility
layer for code transitioning, that seemed like a weak reason to keep the
The problem is it left early NumPy adopters (including me :-) ) in a bit
of a bind, when it comes to code (like SciPy) that had already been
Arguments like Fernando's: "it's better to have a bit of pain now, then
regrets later" also were convincing.
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