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RE: [Axiom-developer] AXIOM for Windows: )copyright and )summary issue

From: Page, Bill
Subject: RE: [Axiom-developer] AXIOM for Windows: )copyright and )summary issue
Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2005 18:08:51 -0500

On Monday, January 17, 2005 5:21 PM William Sit wrote:
> ... 
> I do think that before a bug or issue is submitted, it should 
> be posted via email for discussion. Vladimir is doing a great job 
> submitting these problems (some are bugs, some can be explained
> and some may be don't knows).  I am sure that even if some of
> these reported problems are not bugs, they are *unexpected* to
> a general user, and thus collecting these into an FAQ database
> would be useful.

I agree that Vladimir is doing a great job. Axiom badly needs
someone who takes testing QA seriously and has enough time to
do it.

Issuetracker can serve both purposes of reporting bugs and as
an FAQ for things that might seem like bugs. That way users of
a single place to go if they suspect a problem. Everything that
is reported in issuetracker becomes immediately searchable on
MathAction. I would prefer that (almost) all of the problems
that Vladimir and others find be documented in issuetracker.

> We all have limited time but still the amount of progress on 
> Axiom has been impressive. You, and many others, have of
> course contributed tremendous effort on many fronts. It takes
> time to simply keep up! Perhaps we should consolidate what we
> have, and prioritize the remaining work.

I agree and I think issuetracker is a very good way to do
exactly that.

>We are now at the point that getting the algebra to work correctly
>and documenting unexpected answers will add to others' confidence
>in using Axiom. To me, this is most important.

I agree 100%.  However, I think "getting the algebra to work
correctly" is likely to be a never ending task so we have to
plan for this to be an ongoing function. Using tools like
issuetracker will make it easier for everyone.

Bill Page.
> William
> ---
> "Page, Bill" wrote:
> > What I would really like is if you would take the time to
> > report these bugs in the proper manner so that this
> > information is not lost. Then we can hope that sooner or
> > later someone will come along with enough experience and
> > patience to find a solution and submit a patch to correct
> > the problem.
> > 
> > Discussing bugs via the email list is not the same as submitting
> > a proper bug report via the issuetracker at
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > Unless someone takes the time to convert the email into a bug
> > report, it is quite possible that 6 months for now the email
> > discussion will be forgotten.

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