[Numpy-discussion] Guidelines for NumPy tutorials

Melissa Mendonça melissawm at gmail.com
Mon Jun 22 15:12:07 EDT 2020


Hi all,

Thanks for the PR, Ben.

Note that this is in the numpy-tutorials repo, which is a new repo created
to specifically host Jupyter notebook tutorials for NumPy users. It is
still not in its final form.

One of the questions around this PR is where this style guide should live:
in the main documentation or in the numpy-tutorials repo?

If you have thoughts on this, please share.

Best,

- Melissa

On Mon, Jun 22, 2020 at 3:44 PM Ben Nathanson <numpy_gsod at bigriver.xyz>
wrote:

> I've submitted PR #11 in the new numpy-tutorials repo
> (https://github.com/numpy/numpy-tutorials/pull/11) to provide a
> checklist and standard style for writing tutorials.
>
> Added tutorial content is an objective of NEP 44. We're expecting part
> of the content to come from new contributors (for instance, through
> Ryan Cooper's generous offer to get his students involved,
> https://mail.python.org/pipermail/numpy-discussion/2020-May/080715.htmll).
> The PR will provide a guide for all contributors to work from.
>
> While "tutorial" is often used broadly for introductory material, here
> it is closely defined: a multistep participatory walkthrough for a
> user new to NumPy.
>
> This is the meaning of "tutorial" in NEP 44; it was originally
> distinguished from other kinds of documentation by Daniele Procida
> (https://documentation.divio.com/tutorials/).
>
> One goal of the PR, in fact, is to make sure the tutorial stays a
> tutorial and doesn't mission-creep into other kinds of introductory
> documentation. Procida's insight is that mission creep like this leads
> to failed docs.
>
> At today's docs meeting it was suggested that the PR be announced on
> the mailing list for possible further comment.
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