[IPython-dev] [matplotlib-devel] IPython (new) + matplotlib report: happy news

Gökhan Sever gokhansever at gmail.com
Tue Sep 14 15:23:03 EDT 2010

On Tue, Sep 14, 2010 at 1:48 PM, Anne Archibald
<aarchiba at physics.mcgill.ca>wrote:

> On 14 September 2010 11:08, Gökhan Sever <gokhansever at gmail.com> wrote:
> > 1-) When one downloads a script from the matplotlib gallery via an
> external
> > script (name it load_into_ipython or open_with_ipython) the contents of
> that
> > gallery script (or any python script) can be executed locally inside an
> > ipython session.
> Not to be difficult, but I should point out that allowing users to run
> code with one click, particularly if that code is from a wiki or other
> user-submitted gallery, is just asking for trouble. How long before
> someone submits "import os, shutil;
> shutil.deltree(os.environ['HOME'])"? Or sneaks it into some otherwise
> inoffensive script?

I was thinking naively --with Python for Science in mind not Python for
Hacking. I accept this is a not good idea considering that harmful effect
but in this brave new world of us there is always danger involved when one
puts their hands on virtual lands --whether the code is executed
intentionally or sneaked by a conic head.

> > 2-) Matplotlib gallery might turn to an interactive environment where you
> > can execute the script from right within your browser and change
> parameters
> > in the same browser window. As far as I know mpl figures can now be drawn
> on
> > html canvas. This might for sure boost the number of matplotlib audience.
> Is there a sandboxed browser plugin? Or server plugin, depending on
> where you run the script?

This one is one of my aloud speculations. Only at ideas level. I will write
more, answering Fernando's reply.

> Anne

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