[Numpy-discussion] Please help prepare the SciPy 0.7 release notes

Jarrod Millman millman@berkeley....
Tue Dec 9 04:12:42 CST 2008

We are almost ready for SciPy 0.7.0rc1 (we just need to sort out the
Numerical Recipes issues and I haven't had time to look though them
yet).  So I wanted to ask once more for help with preparing the
release notes:

There have been numerous improvements and changes.  As always I would
appreciate any feedback about mistakes or omissions.  It would also be
nice to know how many tests were in the last release and how many are
there now.  Highlighting major bug fixes or pointing out know issues
would be very useful.

I would also like to ask if anyone would be interested in stepping
forward to work on something like Andrew Kuchling's "What's New in
Python ....":  http://docs.python.org/whatsnew/2.6.html

This would be a great area to contribute.  The release notes provide
visibility for our developers' immense contributions of time and
effort.  They help provide an atmosphere of momentum, maturity, and
excitement to a project.  It is also a great service to users who
haven't been following the trunk closely as well as other developer's
who have missed what is happening in other areas of the code.  It is
also becomes a nice historical artifact for the future.

It would be great if someone wanted to contribute in this way.
Ideally, I would like to have someone who be interested in doing this
for several releases of scipy and numpy.  Such a person could develop
a standard template for this and write some scripts to gather specific
statistics (e.g., how many lines of code have changed, how many unit
tests were added, what is the test coverage, what is the docstring
coverage, who were the top contributors, who has increased their code
contributions the most, how many new developers, etc.)

Just a thought.  Figure it won't happen, if I don't ask.


Jarrod Millman
Computational Infrastructure for Research Labs
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phone: 510.643.4014

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