[IPython-dev] Website

Harry Percival harry at resolversystems.com
Wed Jun 1 08:21:43 EDT 2011

Thanks Thomas, those are all very reasonable concerns.

The beta is still in very early stages, so it may still be a little too 
buggy to be great promotion - in particular, it's rather sluggish at the 
moment, so probably not ready for public consumption.

In terms of displaying "pure" IPython though, I think we should be quite 
close - we haven't really built in any bells and whistles over and above 
what you'd find in a normal local terminal session.

Best thing is probably to take a look for yourselves!  When you sign up, 
you'll get an automated email from us with a few questions.  If you 
mention in your answers that you're on the ipython list, we'll bump you 
up the queue for invites.  It's always good to have demanding users!


On 01/06/2011 12:38, Thomas Kluyver wrote:
> On 1 June 2011 10:48, Harry Percival <harry at resolversystems.com 
> <mailto:harry at resolversystems.com>> wrote:
>     we've been lurking on the list for a few weeks.  We hope to have
>     IPython support in PythonAnywhere in the next week or two.  If you
>     guys are keen, we could probably serve up a "try it now" iframe,
>     with a live IPython interpreter for people to use, straight from
>     your site...
> Personally, I love the idea of a 'try it now' feature: its hard to 
> give a good impression of an interactive environment using screenshots.
> My main concern would be to what extent it's actually IPython we're 
> demoing. We don't currently have a web-based console, so I assume 
> you've written a lot of your own code for the user interaction. On the 
> one hand, we don't want people getting a poor impression due to the 
> limitations of the web browser, or due to flaws in code we can't 
> correct (not that I expect your code to be bad, but all non-trivial 
> software has bugs). On the other hand, if you've added extra features, 
> we don't want the demo to promise something we can't deliver on the 
> desktop. In short, if we do this, what we show needs to be as 'pure 
> IPython' as possible.
> Other thoughts:
> - Are you basing it on IPython 0.10.x (the current stable version), or 
> 0.11 (the version we'll release soon)?
> - I assume your console will run in any modern web browser? It's not 
> going to display an 'install Silverlight' button, like certain 
> alternatives <http://www.trypython.org/>, is it? ;-)
> - I'm guessing your parts of the code are proprietary. I don't have a 
> problem with that, but I honestly don't know whether it could stir up 
> feelings if we're seen as promoting your business.
> I hope more people will chime in on this as it reaches a civilised 
> time in their own time zones.
> Thanks,
> Thomas

Harry Percival
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