[School-of-data] Course editing on the new School of Data platform
ijstokes at seas.harvard.edu
Wed Apr 23 15:55:52 UTC 2014
On 4/23/14, 9:25 AM, Tony.Hirst wrote:
> I¹ve started looking at using IPython notebooks for authoring course
> material for web delivery that needs to blend prose with interactive
> elements and the can also support embedded items.
[disclaimer: I am a Python addict and work for Continuum, the creators
of the Anaconda Python Distribution]
IPython Notebooks are the future for this kind of thing, IMO.
Instructors can prepare content and then share it via GitHub, or publish
it in a gist and use nbviewer.ipython.org or other mechanisms for
students to view or clone the content.
It supports code, data, graphics, and prose. This can be viewed as a
large web page, or in a "slide show" view. It can produce LaTeX output
(and from that PS or PDF).
And it isn't Python specific through language add-ins. I *believe* the
list of supported "other" languages right now is:
Anaconda Python Distribution (http://continuum.io/downloads) makes this
available cross-platform very easily. Plus that gets you setup with the
conda package management system which is also cross-platform,
language-neutral, non-root way of installing arbitrary sandboxed
binaries and data files (a much faster, easier, and nicer option over
docker, vagrant, virtualenv, virtualbox, vmware, etc. etc.)
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