[Numpy-discussion] Release of NumPy

David Cournapeau david@ar.media.kyoto-u.ac...
Tue Apr 15 02:56:51 CDT 2008

Sebastian Haase wrote:
> So, to summarize one more time:
> """
> What used to be talked about as "1.1" will now become "1.2" ---
> and "1.0.5" will be "1.1"
> """
> Did I get this right !?
> I'm curious to know _which_ were the changes that break the API. I
> thought all additions like "axis=0" were made without breaking the
> backwards compatibility. Otherwise it would (should !!!) have been
> added as "axis=None".

The new masked array has significant different behaviour than the old 
one, for once. This may be the biggest change for the formally known as 
1.0.5. Personally, I think focusing on version number is wrong: what 
matters is API changes/compatibility, and how we handle it. Everything 
else is just nitpicking.

> Please keep in mind that there are a number of these "awkward"
> "wrong-default" arguments. I was hoping these would be unified [e.g.
> always same default, axis=None]  very soon  -- that is in 1.1.

Is this noted somewhere (e.g. is there a ticket for it ?). I think 
unifying API is really important, and the only way to do it is to keep 
track of those inconsistencies, so that we can decide what to do with them.



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