[Numpy-discussion] Report from SciPy
Charles R Harris
Sat Aug 23 19:03:27 CDT 2008
On Sat, Aug 23, 2008 at 5:39 PM, Travis E. Oliphant
> Hi everybody,
> Robert K, Chuck H, Stefan VdW, Jarrod M, David C, and I had a nice
> discussion about the future directions of NumPy. We resolved some
> things and would like community feedback on them if there are opinions.
> * we will be moving to time-based releases (at least 2 times a year --
> November / May) with major changes not accepted about 4 weeks before the
> * The releases will be numbered major.minor.bugfix
> * There will be no ABI changes in minor releases
> * There will be no API changes in bugfix releases
> * Any API changes in minor releases will be done in a backward
> compatible fashion (possibly with deprecations).
> * Thus 1.2 will not break ABI compatibility but will add new API features.
> * We will push the generalized ufuncs off to 1.3
> * NumPy 2.0 will be a library and will not automagically import numpy.fft
> * We will suggest that other libraries use from numpy import fft
> instead of import numpy as np; np.fft
> * We will apply most of Andrew Dalke's speed up patches but will keep
> ctypeslib import
> * We will remove automatic import of numpy.doc from trunk
> * NumPy 1.2 will come out shortly after the conference (rc1 on Sunday).
> * SciPy 0.7b1 will come out after the sprints.
> If there is anything else I missed from those who were there, please let
> us all know.
There is an excellent discussion of ABI/API issues
I think we have pretty much come around to the authors point of view, but it
is useful to have things clearly written up.
> By the way, as promised, the NumPy book is now available for download
> and the source to the book is checked in to the numpy SVN tree:
Thanks for that.
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