[Numpy-discussion] NumPy documentation
perry at stsci.edu
Wed Apr 5 08:08:19 CDT 2006
Speaking as someone who thinks he knows what kind of effort is involved
in creating numpy, I suspect relatively few have any idea of the effort
and skill that is required to do what Travis has done. Indeed, I
wouldn't be surprised if Travis hadn't fully anticipated at the start
what he was getting himself into, and if he hasn't asked himself more
than once whether he would do it again had he known [I imagine that
many worthy and memorable efforts fall into this category. Much human
progress springs out of such initial optimism.] John Hunter is right
that Travis's contributions to this and other scipy-related projects
amount to years of work.
For those that find it objectionable that Travis is trying to get some
partial compensation for this work, consider whether there was any one
at all in the Python community willing to do this as well as he as for
free, or even for what he will actually recover from the book. I doubt
it very much.
Fortunately, I think the number of people that object to Travis
charging for the book is small. Unfortunately, their impact can be
disproportionately large. I hope Travis can effectively ignore them.
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