[Numpy-discussion] Removing datetime support for 1.4.x series ?
Tue Feb 2 19:53:05 CST 2010
Travis Oliphant wrote:
> I think we just signal the breakage in 1.4.1 and move forward. The
> datetime is useful as a place-holder for data. Math on date-time arrays
> just doesn't work yet. I don't think removing it is the right
> approach. It would be better to spend the time on fleshing out the
> ufuncs and conversion functions for date-time support.
Just so that there is no confusion: it is only about removing it for
1.4.x, not about removing datetime altogether. It seems that datetime in
1.4.x has few users, whereas breaking ABI is a nuisance for many more
people. In particular, people who update NumPy 1.4.0 cannot use scipy or
matplotlib unless they build it by themselves as well - we are talking
about thousand of people at least assuming sourceforge numbers are accurate.
More fundamentally though, what is your opinion about ABI ? Am I right
to understand you don't consider is as significant ?
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