[Numpy-discussion] Release of NumPy

David Cournapeau david@ar.media.kyoto-u.ac...
Tue Apr 15 00:12:06 CDT 2008

Charles R Harris wrote:
> I think we have a long way to go to get to 1.1. What API changes have 
> we made that are so great that we can't release 1.0.5? The only area 
> where I have seen real problems is in masked arrays. My preference 
> would be to release the trunk as 1.0.5, and if not, simply deprecate 
> 1.0.4 and move to 1.1.  I don't think it's worth the time and effort 
> to backport anything.

Normally, api versioning does not depend on how big your changes are: if 
you break even one function api, you should signal an API break. It 
really boils down to conventions: what do you do when you break API ? 
For major C/C++ libraries which care about API/ABI stability, this means 
a new major version. For python, this means new minor version. For 
numpy, it could be new micro version...



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