[Phylobase-devl] Planning the next release of phylobase

Ben Bolker bolker at zoo.ufl.edu
Fri Feb 22 19:25:25 CET 2008

   Peter, thanks for getting things moving again ...

Peter Cowan wrote:
> Hi all,
> Our 0.3 release has been out in the wild for a little while now.  We  
> should begin planning for the next release of phylobase.  Right now  
> the TODO file is a bit big and sprawling.  First we should clear out  
> the completed items.  Then add features to be implemented next.
> To get the ball rolling, here is what I would like to see in the next  
> version.
> 1. A working example in the vignette of a function.  I'm willing to do  
> this and was considering a brownian trait simulator (because there  
> appears to be a shortage).
> 2. Automagical subsetting of phylo4d objects.

   OK, what do you mean by this?
> 3. A final decision on how nodes will be referred to by other commands.
> What does everyone think the best way to track and discuss these  
> issues?  Via the mailing list?  A chat-room or telephone conference?   
> Or by the R-forge issue tracker?  Personally I'm interested in giving  
> the tracker a try, it would allow us to claim tasks and have  
> conversation about particular features/bugs.  What do other people  
> think?

   Tracker is fine with me for now.

   I could chat or phone next week if people want ...

   Another random question/opinion poll:  what do people think about
the names of the tree-walking functions?  should it be
getAncestors, getDescendants?  Sons, Daughters? Leaves, branches?


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