[Numpy-discussion] proposed changes to array printing in 1.14

Juan Nunez-Iglesias jni.soma at gmail.com
Fri Jun 30 22:23:05 EDT 2017

I agree that shipping a sane/sanitising doctest runner would go 95% of the way to alleviating my concerns.

Regarding 2.0, this is the whole point of semantic versioning: downstream packages can pin their dependency as 1.x and know that they
- will continue to work with any updates
- won’t make their users choose between new NumPy 1.x features and running their software.

The Python 3.x transition was a huge fail, but the version numbering was not the problem.

I do have sympathy for Ralf’s argument that "exact repr's are not part of the NumPy (or Python for that matter) backwards compatibility guarantees”. But it is such a foundational project in Scientific Python that I think extreme care is warranted, beyond any official guarantees. (Hence this thread, yes. Thank you!)

Incidentally, I don’t think "array( 1.)” is such a tragic repr fail. I actually would welcome it because I’ve tried to JSON-serialise these buggers quite a few times because I didn’t realise they were 0d arrays instead of floats. So why exactly is it so bad that there is a space there?

Anyway, all this is (mostly) moot if the next NumPy ships with this doctest++ thingy. That would be an enormously valuable contribution to the whole ecosystem.



On 1 Jul 2017, 9:56 AM +1000, Robert Kern <robert.kern at gmail.com>, wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 30, 2017 at 4:47 PM, Gael Varoquaux <gael.varoquaux at normalesup.org> wrote:
> >
> > One problem is that it becomes hard (impossible?) for downstream packages
> > such as scikit-learn to doctest under multiple versions of the numpy.
> > Past experience has shown that it could be useful.
> It's not that hard: wrap the new `set_printoptions(pad=True)` in a `try:` block to catch the error under old versions.
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