[IPython-dev] ipython notebook installation instructions

Brian Granger ellisonbg at gmail.com
Thu Jun 14 19:56:08 EDT 2012

On Sat, Jun 9, 2012 at 2:52 PM, Fernando Perez <fperez.net at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thu, May 31, 2012 at 12:12 PM, Brian Granger <ellisonbg at gmail.com> wrote:
>> This requires a separate notebook server or kernel manager for each
>> such type of notebook.  What happens when I have users that have R
>> notebooks, Matlab notebooks, etc., etc.  You end up with an incredibly
>> difficult situation to manage, both for users, the person running the
>> notebook server and the developers of the notebook.  I think the
>> reality is that most users will want to switch back and forth between
>> different syntaxes.  We need to make that simple, easy and lightweight
>> and I don't see how to do that with a kernel-side approach.
> I'm not convinced that doing it client-side works completely either,
> but honestly, this problem is so tricky and full of branching logic to
> worry about, that I suggest we just punt on it for now.  We just don't
> have the time or mental bandwidth right now to deal with it well, I'm
> afraid (at least I don't).  Hopefully in a few months when the base
> architecture is more stable we can return to it with a clear head...

Yes, I think this strategy makes sense.

> I also think that after a few months of using the cell magics system
> extensively we'll also have a better understanding and intuition on
> some of these questions.



> Cheers,
> f
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Brian E. Granger
Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo
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