[IPython-dev] Appropriate use of notebook viewer?

Jacob Vanderplas jakevdp at cs.washington.edu
Fri Sep 27 12:40:41 EDT 2013

Hi Eric,
Interesting post!  I think nbviewer works well, but I've opted to spin my
own solution for a course I'm teaching currently.  The result is an
nbconvert plugin for the Hyde website generator that automatically renders
my notebooks to HTML pages.  If you want to see it in action, you can check
out the website at [1]. I started teaching the course last week, and it's
worked extremely well. For each notebook, I link to the html rendering, the
raw version, and views on both nbviewer and wakari.  The nbconvert plugin
can be found within my Hyde pull request [2], and the source used to build
the website is on github [3].  I hope that's useful!

[1] http://www.astro.washington.edu/users/vanderplas/Astr599/schedule
[2] https://github.com/hyde/hyde/pull/233
[3] https://github.com/jakevdp/2013_fall_ASTR599/tree/master/website

On Fri, Sep 27, 2013 at 9:15 AM, Eric Matthes <ehmatthes at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi everyone,
> I wrote a post<http://peak5390.wordpress.com/2013/09/22/how-ipython-notebook-and-github-have-changed-the-way-i-teach-python/>this week about how IPython Notebook has changed the way I teach
> programming, and it got some good publicity on HN<https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=6437925>.
> The response from people was overwhelmingly supportive, well beyond what I
> expected.
> For people who didn't read the post, I basically created a set of
> notebooks<http://nbviewer.ipython.org/urls/raw.github.com/ehmatthes/intro_programming/master/notebooks/intro_programming_index.ipynb>as a basis for an intro to programming class. I posted them on github, so
> that students could see the notebooks on Notebook Viewer. The viewer was
> perfect for sharing my teaching notebooks with my students.
> After sharing that blog post, I am wondering how well-used these notebooks
> might become if the project is completed. How appropriate is Notebook
> Viewer for a project like this?
> I have considered doing my own conversion to html and setting up a static
> site, but for now I really like how pushing changes to github updates the
> public-facing project.
> Thanks,
> Eric Matthes
> Sitka, AK
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