[IPython-dev] [IPython-User] IPython Notebooks and Active Learning (Matthew Brett)

Doug Blank doug.blank at gmail.com
Wed Jul 30 20:42:11 EDT 2014

On Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 7:30 PM, Fernando Perez <fperez.net at gmail.com>

> On Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 4:33 AM, Doug Blank <doug.blank at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Being in the middle of writing similar notebooks, we found that using
>> header cells can be quite painful when it comes to moving sections around.
>> For example, if you want to move a section, one has to individually select,
>> press up/down, for all cells in a section.
> That is really a big pain point in managing any kind of complex/long
> notebook. Paul Ivanov recently protoyped out a solution for this:
> https://github.com/ivanov/nb-cccp
> I've been using it and it works fairly well, even though it's not really
> production-ready yet. We in the core team are really trying to get 3.0 out
> the door, so I'm not sure how much bandwidth Paul will have for this in the
> coming weeks. But it would be a great tool to finish up, because it's
> *super* useful.
> If anyone can pitch in to help Paul out with this code, it would be a
> great contribution that would make everyone's life a lot easier...

Yes, many problems can be solved by being able to select multiple cells,
and operate on them. One should be able to make many of the operations that
can work on a selected cell to work on a set of selected cells. This
extension is really only a temporary workaround for that kind of

And, once there is a method to select multiple cells, it would be really
handy to be able to drag and drop those cells where you want them.

But, I am really looking forward to a server-based Jupyter setup, with
selectable kernels, so I don't want to distract from the big picture :)
With the set of extension tools we have now, we are confident that this
will work well for a writing course this fall.


> Cheers
> f
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