[Numpy-discussion] Going toward time-based release ?

Joris De Ridder Joris.DeRidder@ster.kuleuven...
Mon May 12 07:31:52 CDT 2008


On 12 May 2008, at 04:59, David Cournapeau wrote:

> Also, time-based releases are by definition predictable, and
> as such, it is easier to plan upgrades for users

As long as it does not imply that users have to upgrade every 3  
months, because for some users this is impossible and/or undesirable.  
By 'upgrading' I'm not only referring to numpy/scipy, but also to  
external packages based on numpy/scipy.

As Mike, I'm a bit sceptic about the whole idea. The current way  
doesn't seem broken, so why fix it? The argument that "time-based  
releases avoids bugs caused by putting new untested things late in the  
release" doesn't sound very convincing to me. Isn't this a discipline  
issue? To me it seems that one can avoid this with feature-based  
releases too. In fact won't the time-pressure of time-based releases  
increase the tendency to include untested things?

Just the 2 cents of a user,
Joris




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