[Numpy-discussion] NA masks in the next numpy release?

Charles R Harris charlesr.harris@gmail....
Sun Oct 23 15:05:24 CDT 2011

On Sun, Oct 23, 2011 at 12:21 PM, Nathaniel Smith <njs@pobox.com> wrote:

> Hi all,
> I was surprised today to notice that Mark's NA mask support appears to
> have been merged into numpy master and is described in the draft
> release notes[1]. My surprise is because merging it to mainline
> without any discussion on the list seems to contradict what what
> Travis wrote in July, that it was being developed as an experiment and
> explicitly *not* intended to be merged without further discussion:
> "Basically, because there is not consensus and in fact a strong and
> reasonable opposition to specific points, Mark's NEP as proposed
> cannot be accepted in its entirety right now. However,  I believe an
> implementation of his NEP is useful and will be instructive in
> resolving the issues and so I have instructed him to spend Enthought
> time on the implementation. Any changes that need to be made to the
> API before it is accepted into a released form of NumPy can still be
> made even after most of the implementation is completed as far as I
> understand it."[2]
> Can anyone explain what the plan is here? Is the idea to continue the
> discussion and rework the API while it is in master, delaying the next
> release for as long as it takes to achieve consensus? Or is there some
> mysterious git thing going on where "master" is actually an
> experimental branch and the real mainline development is happening
> somewhere else? Or something else I'm not thinking of? Please help me
> understand.
No, it's in and has been for a while. You should spend some time with it and
make specific suggestion for improvement.

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