[Numpy-discussion] Remove support for numeric and numarray in 1.8

Christopher Hanley chanley@gmail....
Thu Jan 10 10:02:45 CST 2013

I'm all for a big scary warning on import.  Fair warning is good for
everyone, not just our developers.

As for testing, our software that uses the API is tested nightly.  So if
our software stops working, and the compatibility layer is the cause, we
would definitely be looking into what happened. :-)

In any case, fair warning of dropped support in 1.8 and removal in 1.9 is
fine with us.


On Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 6:38 PM, Nathaniel Smith <njs@pobox.com> wrote:

> On Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 11:21 PM, Christopher Hanley <chanley@gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > After poking around our code base and talking to a few folks I predict
> that
> > we at STScI can remove our dependence on the numpy-numarray compatibility
> > layer by the end of this calendar year.  I'm unsure of what the timeline
> for
> > numpy 1.8 is so I don't know if this schedule supports removal of the
> > compatibility layer from 1.8 or not.
> It'd be nice if 1.8 were out before that, but that doesn't really
> matter -- let us know when you get it sorted?
> Also, would it help if we added a big scary warning at import time to
> annoy your more recalcitrant developers with? :-)
> The basic issue is that none of us actually use this stuff, it has no
> tests, the rest of numpy is changing around it, and we have no idea if
> it works, so at some point it makes more sense for us to just stop
> shipping the compat layer and let anyone who still needs it maintain
> their own copy of the code.
> -n
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