[Numpy-discussion] Fwd: [numfocus] Grants up to $3k available to NumFOCUS projects, (sponsored & affiliated)

Pauli Virtanen pav at iki.fi
Mon Mar 27 15:14:59 EDT 2017

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:21:37 -0700, Chris Barker kirjoitti:
 > On Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 3:33 AM, Julian Taylor
 > <jtaylor.debian at googlemail.com> wrote:
 >> - add ascii/latin1 dtype to support a compact python3 string array,
 >> deprecate 's' dtype which has different meaning in python2 and 3 This
 >> one is probably too big for 3k though.
 > probably -- but not THAT big -- it seems pretty straightforward to me.
 > The bigger challenge is deciding what to do -- the bikeshedding -- and
 > the backward incompatibility issues. IIRC, when this came up on the
 > list, there was nothing like consensus on exactly what to do and how
 > to do it.

TBH, I don't see why 's' should be deprecated --- the operation is 
well-specified (byte strings + null stripping) and has the same meaning 
in python2 and 3.

Of course, a true 1-byte unicode subset string may be more useful type 
for some applications, so it could indeed be added.

Pauli Virtanen

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