[Numpy-discussion] Are NEPs still a thing?

Robert Kern robert.kern at gmail.com
Mon Sep 2 05:39:02 EDT 2013

On Mon, Sep 2, 2013 at 8:53 AM, Juan Luis Cano <juanlu001 at gmail.com> wrote:
> The subject speaks for itself, I was diving into NumPy source code and
> saw some NEPs, and I wonder if there still function as a mechanism to
> propose changes to NumPy, and if it is documented somewhere.

Yes, the NEP "process", such as it is, is still a mechanism for proposing
some kinds of changes to numpy, but it's not the only one. Generally, it's
only needed for sweeping changes or ones that require significant amounts
of considered design and choosing between close alternatives. Most changes
do not fall into this category.

The process itself is not really documented, per se. Post what you are
thinking about to the mailing list. The discussion may reach a point where
someone says, "Hey, it would be a good idea to write all this up into a
NEP". Then you write a NEP. Alternative designs are documented and
discussed, one is chosen, implementations are made, PRs are merged. Or not.
If you want information about how to format a NEP and what to include,
consult PEP 1 and PEP 12, as we stole this process from the core Python
development team:


Robert Kern
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