Improving Random

dominic at dominic at
Wed Jun 3 13:55:17 UTC 2020


We invited anyone interested including Carter to participate in the design back in February. He did not do so. How much longer do you think we should give him?

No serious work has been done on it since September 2014 and numerous promises to do something have never materialised.

Is there any part of Carter’s critique that in your view has not been addressed by replies in this thread?

We should be welcoming contributions and improve libraries when the opportunities arise and not wait another 5 years for perfection (which may never arrive).

Dominic Steinitz
dominic at
Twitter: @idontgetoutmuch

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> Date: Wed, 3 Jun 2020 13:11:08 +0200
> From: Ben Franksen <ben.franksen at>
> To: libraries at
> Subject: Re: Improving Random
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> I agree that communication is an important aspect of maintainership. Not
> responding to PRs for a long period of time is bad because it lets
> people wonder if anything is being done about it at all. That can be
> quite frustrating as I know from my own experience.
> That said, Carter's critique of the proposed API (the classes) looks
> valid to me. I understand that coming up with a better API design that
> accommodates all the cool permormance improvements may take its time.
> @Carter: why don't you try to eleborate your critique of the proposed
> API on the tracker and present a rough sketch of where you think things
> should go instead. Then you guys can all work together to flesh this out.
> My experience is that writing things down helps a lot to get them
> clearer in my head. If the side effect is people feel that their
> contributions are respected and actually worked on, so much the better.
> Cheers
> Ben
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