The IPython Notebook is an open-source, web-based interactive computing environment for Python, R, shell scripts, Julia and other languages. At its core, the Notebook is an environment for writing and running code in an interactive and exploratory manner. On top of this foundation, it adds a document based workflow: Notebook documents contain live code, descriptive text, mathematical equations, images, videos and arbitrary HTML. These documents provide a complete and reproducible record of a computation and can be shared with others, version controlled and converted to a wide range of of static formats (HTML, PDF, slides, etc.).
I will describe the widget architecture in detail and then show examples of how it can be used in exploratory work. The talk will be of interest to developers interested in using the architecture to build widgets and for working data scientists who could use those widgets. I will also briefly mention how other backend languages, such as Julia and R can leverage this same architecture.
Brian Granger is an Assistant Professor of Physics at Cal Poly State
University in San Luis Obispo, CA. He has a background in theoretical
atomic, molecular and optical physics, with a Ph.D from the University of Colorado. His current research interests include quantum computing, parallel and distributed computing and interactive computing environments for scientific and technical computing. He is a core developer of the IPython project and is an active contributor to a number of other open source projects focused on scientific computing in Python. He is @ellisonbg on Twitter and GitHub.
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