[Numpy-discussion] What is consensus anyway

Travis Oliphant travis@continuum...
Mon Apr 23 18:02:29 CDT 2012


That is an excellent thought.

We could make the odd numbered releases "experimental" and the even-numbered as stable.  

That makes some sense.    What do others think?

-Travis



On Apr 23, 2012, at 5:46 PM, Chris Barker wrote:

> On Mon, Apr 23, 2012 at 3:08 PM, Travis Oliphant <travis@continuum.io> wrote:
>> Right now we are trying to balance difficult things:  stable releases with experimental development.
> 
> Perhaps a more formal "development release" system could help here.
> IIUC, numpy pretty much has two things: the latest release (and past
> ones) and master (and assorted experimentla branches). If someone
> develops a new feature, we can either:
> 
> have them submit a pull request, and people with the where-with-all
> can pull it, compile, it, and start tesing it on their own -- hsitory
> shows that this is a small group.
> 
> merge it with master -- and hope it gets the testing is should before
> it becomes part of a release, but: we are rightly heistant to put
> experimental stuff in master, and it really dont' get that much
> testing -- again only folks that are building master will even see it.
> 
> 
> Some projects have a more format "development release" system.
> wxPython, for instance has had for years development releases with odd
> numbers -- right now, the official release is 2.8.*, but there is a
> 2.9.* out there that is getting some use and testing. A couple of
> things help make this work:
> 
> 1) Robin makes the effort to put out binaries for development releases
> -- it's easy to go get and give it a try.
> 
> 2) there is the wxversion system that makes it easy to install a new
> versin of wx, and easily switch between them (it's actually broken on
> OS-X right now --- :-) ) -- this pre-dated virtualenv and friends,
> maybe virtualenv is enough for this now.
> 
> 
> Anyway, it's a thought -- I think some more rea-world use of new
> features before a real commitment to adopting them would be great.
> 
> -Chris
> 
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