[Maxima] On broken wheels and user contributed code
rich.hennessy at verizon.net
Fri May 22 05:05:04 CDT 2009
I would like to have a forum of some kind for user contributed code, the list is not good for feedback. I have not received a single
email of feedback on what I have been doing in my pw package. That makes it hard to find any bugs when you are "on your own".
----- Original Message -----
From: "Ziga Lenarcic" <ziga.lenarcic at gmail.com>
To: "Maxima mailing list" <maxima at math.utexas.edu>
Sent: Friday, May 22, 2009 4:57 AM
Subject: Re: [Maxima] On broken wheels and user contributed code
I think a phpBB board would be great - for users and developers. Not
all people like mailing lists (I haven't used one before Maxima's). A
'Maxima forum' would be great.
Regarding broken wheels:
I don't see what's the problem including my $table. There are basicly
1) Don't include $table in any way, Maxima remains as it is (makelist
() for another 30 years).
2) Include $table (other names are possible) and state in
documentation that create_list and makelist are obsolete, but don't
Even Mathematica does nr. 2. They have replaced function Random
with functions RandomReal and RandomInteger, to provide improved
interface to random numbers and more features. They have a much
larger userbase (and much more dependant on compatibility), but they
still replace/ improve upon such basic functions by introducing new.
So I really don't see where is the problem with table(). Makelist and
create_list are used in current programs, so they mustn't be changed.
How to improve Maxima's list making capabilities? The only way I see
- a new function. And the function is already written (if it doesn't
meet some critearia, there are options to change it), I can also
write documentation... Exactly what's the problem?
It's obvious I assume I'm in no position to decide or import
something in Maxima src - but the problem is, nobody even tells me
what to do with my contribution (except forking my own Maxima :)).
The same situation is with the improvements to $flatten and $random I
suggested. I got no clear answer (what needs to be done or what is
wrong with my proposal).
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