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From Eric Barnhill <ericbarnh...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [ALL] The Commons Math issue
Date Wed, 12 Apr 2017 16:06:02 GMT
On Wed, Apr 12, 2017 at 5:29 PM, Gilles <gilles@harfang.homelinux.org>
wrote:

> On Wed, 12 Apr 2017 15:56:23 +0200, Emmanuel Bourg wrote:
>
>> On 04/12/2017 02:56 PM, Gilles wrote:
>>
>> Yes; and it is good per se, of course.  Unforunately, it didn't change
>>> the Commons Math issue: it's still unmaintained, and from what I observe
>>> on JIRA, it's not going to improve with time (I said that much one year
>>> ago and I was right, in hindsight).
>>>
>>
>> Ok, then let's move commons-math to dormant and redirect the users to
>> Hipparchus.
>>
>
> Emmanuel,
>
> Do you actually prefer advertizing a non-Apache project rather than
> having the PMC support its own developers in any which way it could?
>
> I sure hope that I'm not the only one here who would not like it.


Hipparchus is also not a commons-type project.  They appear to have copied
the boilerplate about small, lightweight, reusable components, but I'm not
sure why -- that's just not what that library is at all.

I suspect coders will not drop by Apache commons looking for stiff ODE
solvers -- they will be looking for more basic and convenient functionality
such as that provided by Numbers.

We should redirect the users to commons-numbers because that is what they
probably want. But we could also mention that for a large and sophisticated
mathematical library, they can check out Hipparchus.

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