[IPython-dev] Feasilibity of widgets/layout for mimicking this

Cyrille Rossant cyrille.rossant at gmail.com
Wed Aug 20 04:15:38 EDT 2014

Hi Adam,

I'll do a tutorial about IPython widgets at EuroSciPy in a week [1].
I'm notably planning to demonstrate how to build, in the notebook, a
GUI like the one you showed. I'll put here the link to the GitHub repo
when everything's ready.


[1] https://www.euroscipy.org/2014/schedule/presentation/60/

2014-08-17 19:54 GMT+02:00 hugadams <hughesadam87 at gmail.com>:
> (Please disregard if doublepost; having some subscription issues)
> Hello,
> We are developing a spectroscopy library and want to put in some interactive
> plots/utilities to make the software a bit more approachable to novices.
> I'd really like to build the entire interactive plotting interface through
> the notebook's new widget system.  My reasoning is as follows:
>    - All static plots are already matplotlib-based, so we wouldn't have to
> write a seperate plotting api
>    - Notebooks are inherently browser-ready, so sharing plots would be great
>          - Is it likely that static nbviewer will eventually support
> widgets?  Since the data is required, I figured not...
>    - Our tutorials are already in notebooks, so we'd like to be consistent.
> I've watched all the videos I can find from the widgets, and think I'm fine
> with the Python end; however, am finding it hard to come by lots of
> information on controlling the layout of the widgets.  I know it's mostly
> done in javascript, and I think the most complex view we will have will look
> something like this:
> https://sites.google.com/site/shigemorita/home/2dshige
> How much time would you estimate a javascript novice ought to spend on
> getting something like that in the notebook?  Can anyone share tutorials for
> the layout portion of the widget API?  Any information is helpful.  Lastly,
> does anyone have any hacky ideas of how to bury the source code so that the
> widgets merely display, rather than the user copy/pasting the widget source
> into a cell?
> Thanks

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