[IPython-dev] how ipython notebook support widget or applet besides HTML and code?

W Gong wen.g.gong at gmail.com
Sat Nov 24 20:16:20 EST 2012

Hi Matthias,

Thank you for your helpful and pointed replies, will try out the new json
I see he gave a demo as part of Brian's NYC PyData talk which looks very



On Sat, Nov 24, 2012 at 6:10 AM, Matthias BUSSONNIER <
bussonniermatthias at gmail.com> wrote:

> Le 24 nov. 2012 à 04:04, W Gong a écrit :
> Hi,
> > Hi,
> > I learned ipython notebook a few days ago and like it very much,
> > To me, IPython Notebook is a new generation of web browser because it
> brings exploration and interactivity to user.
> >
> > One question is how to add widget support (e.g. embed canvas, drawing
> board, java applet).
> Depending on what you exactly want to do you might have different way of
> doing it.
> The first thing you can do is use display protocol (see
> docs/example/notebook/display_protocol.ipynb) to define html/latex/json
> representation for object.
> other example
> http://nbviewer.ipython.org/urls/raw.github.com/ipython/ipython/master/docs/examples/notebooks/00_notebook_tour.ipynb
> Near the end, you have a youtube video python object which representation
> is an embedded youtube player.
> > To illustrate my use-case, here is a notebook  that I created to teach
> python to 10 yr old kids. To make it more interesting or engaging, I
> combine rich text, image,  video with code. In this example, I used HTML()
> to embed a javascript clock at the beginning. But how would one do the same
> in python?
> The other thing we are working on are json plugin
> https://github.com/ipython/ipython/pull/2518
> have a look at http://vimeo.com/channels/pydata/53051817
> for demo.
> >
> > I have another use-case to embed java applet:
> > Nobel Physicist - Carl Wieman at U of Colorado - Bolder has a wonderful
> science education initiative called PhET which is to bring virtual lab to
> science students.
> > If teachers and students can perform virtual experiment, at the same
> time, do calculations in math/physics via sympy and write a lab report, all
> within the IPython notebook, it would be a huge boost to our education.
> You should be able to do the same and use a custom _repr_html_ to display
> this form python.
> I think the introduction notebook in /docs/example/notebooks/ are a good
> start to see what could be done.
> also, you can share static version of your notebook through
> nbviewer.ipython.org.
> here is what it looks for yours.
> http://nbviewer.ipython.org/url/dl.dropbox.com/u/54552252/what-is-time.ipynb
> --
> Matthias
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- Wen
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