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From Carin Meier <>
Subject Re: Rust Client Lib
Date Tue, 29 Jan 2019 18:12:47 GMT
Hi Zach,

I'm the original author of the Clojure package so I can give you my
perspective, (although your path might be different).

First, one of the advantages that MXNet has of the other deep learning
libraries is its multi-language support. People can program and develop in
the language of their choice.

The path the Clojure package took is that it originated in an github issue.
>From there, the main package was developed in my personal repo until it got
to a point that I could share it and get feedback from other people in the
Clojure community. Once I felt like it was developed enough, I sent out a
email to the dev list, opened a PR, and drafted up some documentation on
the Design and Architecture as well as the state of things on the wiki

After much feedback and review, it was brought in under as a "contrib"
package, where it is spending time stabilizing and generally improving to
the point that it can "graduate".

It's a long term commitment to bring a new language support in, but it is
very rewarding for both the MXNet project and your language community.

One valuable piece of feedback that I got on the original PR that might be valuable
for you as well to think of, came from Kovas Boguta on higher level

- What will the debug experience be like? How do users track down errors
that happen in the front end Rust code or lower level code?
- What does maintenance look like? How does the Rust API evolve with the
rest of the library?
- How do people learn to use this thing? Is there any easy way to go from
the current MXNet docs to the Rust version. How is the documentation going
to work long term.

I hope this helps,

On Tue, Jan 29, 2019 at 5:05 AM Zach Boldyga <> wrote:

> Hey y'all!
> I'm thinking about spending this week working on a rust client lib for
> MXNet. saw a little bit of chatter about this in the github issues and no
> strong existing crates at the moment. Any pointers on approaching this in a
> way that will lead to it being adopted as an officially supported client
> library? And overall yay/nay on whether adding a Rust lib makes sense & why
> / why not?
> Zach Boldyga
> Scalabull  |  Founder
> 1 (866) 846-8771 x 101

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