[IPython-dev] Appropriate use of notebook viewer?

Damián Avila damianavila at gmail.com
Fri Sep 27 13:11:28 EDT 2013

Adding more info... you can also use Nikola [1], a static site generator
that supports not only blogging with IPython notebooks [2], but also the
generation of more general sites, and soon... larger structural units, such
as books or series (of lectures) [3]

[1] http://getnikola.com/
[3] http://paginated.ralsina.com.ar/stories/a-study-in-scarlet.html (very

2013/9/27 Jacob Vanderplas <jakevdp at cs.washington.edu>

> 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!
>    Jake
> [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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Damián Avila
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