Making Your Mistakes in Public

I recently released a new version of mahotas, my computer vision package. It was version 1.0.1, which was quickly followed by 1.0.2.

1.0 had introduced a mistake, which was caught and fixed by Tony S Yu on github (issue 33). Along with a few other improvements, this warranted a new release.

Then, 1.0.1 had a little mistake of its own, caught by Jean-Patrick Pommier [jip’s homepage] on the pythonvision mailing list.

Thus, 1.0.2 was necessary. I released 1.0.2 about an hour after I was alerted to the errors.

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This is why I develop my scientific code as open source. (1) Other people catch your mistakes and fix them for you  (and the whole community wins)! (2) because the code was public, I felt a great urge to fix the mistakes very fast. I even added tests to make sure they would not happen again. I am harnessing public pressure for good.

Public code becomes better as its openness pushes me to have it as pristine as possible.

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4 thoughts on “Making Your Mistakes in Public

  1. Hi Luis, I am still getting the same error when installing 1.0.2 with pip, but your github version works good.

    btw. just found your blog, reading is a joy!

    • Thanks. I just tried it on a clean (amazon webservices) machine and it worked fine.

      (Pip does some caching &c, you might need to use pip install mahotas –upgrade). In any case, it seems you have found a solution.

  2. Pingback: Mahotas: A continuous improvement example | Meta Rabbit

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