[IPython-dev] IPython Notebook for mobile web clients ?

Aaron Meurer asmeurer at gmail.com
Sun Feb 3 16:05:12 EST 2013

On Feb 3, 2013, at 2:00 PM, "Roberto Colistete Jr." <
roberto.colistete at gmail.com> wrote:

     Citing the link below :
We see that Android Chrome web browser works very well as IPython Notebook
web client, and possibly some iOS web browsers also work ok. Other mobile
OS, like mobile Linux Maemo 5 and MeeGo Harmattan, also have good web
browsers for IPython Notebook use.

    Summing up all the current devices (smartphones, tablets, Mini-PC's,
etc) with Android, iOS, Maemo/MeeGo, etc, we have some hundreds millions of
potential web clients for IPython Notebook. It is estimated 2013 will have
more tablets sold than notebooks, while we already have more smartphones
every year than PC's (desktops + notebooks).

    These mobile devices for web clients, some of them in very cheap
hardware, can be ideal to schools, universities, at home, etc, where
servers with IPython Notebook can also use cheap devices (see email below).

    My suggestion is to take into account this huge number of devices which
can be web clients of IPython Notebooks. So the User Interface (UI) should
have the option to be more mobile friendly, e.g. :
- font and window sizes to better fit mobile screens, e.g, with typical
800-1024 pixels for width, maybe an option "--mobile" could be added to
"ipython notebook";
- have more options to edit a non-code cell, because double tap doesn't
edit it in touch devices due to being filtered by touch web browsers to
zoom in/out. For example, add an "Edit" item in "Edit" or "Cell" menu, as
well as an "Edit" icon in the toolbar;
- put the "Keyboard shortcuts" window on the left or easier to move,
because in touch devices is impossible or hard to move it.

Also, things like Shift-Enter are impossible on most mobile keyboards.

Aaron Meurer

-------- Mensagem original --------  Assunto: IPython 0.13.1 Notebook
server on smartphone  Data: Sun, 03 Feb 2013 18:11:45 -0200  De: Roberto
Colistete Jr. <Roberto.Colistete at gmail.com>
<Roberto.Colistete at gmail.com>  Para:
IPython developers list <ipython-dev at scipy.org> <ipython-dev at scipy.org>

 Here my post about a smartphone Nokia N9 as IPython Notebook server :
My tests included :
- 4 web clients at once, 2 notebooks, 1 Android tablet and 1 Nokia N900
smartphone, see :
- many types of mobile web browsers on Android, Maemo 4&5 and Symbian,
besides PC's.

So AFAIK, currently we can run IPython Notebook server on :
- PC's with Linux, Mac OS, Windows;
- mini-PC's running Linux (costing from US$30-40);
- smartphone Nokia N9 with MeeGo Harmattan OS;
- Android tablet Aakash, it costs US$35 :
- Linux chroot on tablets/smartphones with Maemo/MeeGo, rooted Android
devices, etc.

-------- Mensagem original --------  Assunto: IPython 0.13.1 with Notebook
and Qt console working on smartphone  Data: Fri, 01 Feb 2013 01:55:20
-0200  De:
Roberto Colistete Jr.
<Roberto.Colistete at gmail.com><Roberto.Colistete at gmail.com>  Para:
IPython developers list <ipython-dev at scipy.org> <ipython-dev at scipy.org>
I have also tested my Nokia N9 running IPython Notebook server and web
clients on many devices : PC's, Android tablets, Maemo 5/Nokia N900
smartphone, etc. It works very well. As Nokia N9 has WiFi hotspot, we can
have a full IPython 0.13.1 in your pocket, accessible to any
computer/tablet/smartphone without IPython but with good web browser (with
websockets and MathJax support).

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