[IPython-dev] notebook-like format for IPythonQt sessions.

Brian Granger ellisonbg@gmail....
Sun Apr 25 22:55:18 CDT 2010


On Sat, Apr 17, 2010 at 6:08 PM, Robert Kern <robert.kern@gmail.com> wrote:
> On 2010-04-17 19:02 , Gerardo Gutierrez wrote:
>> Ok i'm going to paste a fragment of a document about this topic (that
>> I've not noticed until today)
>>
>>
>> /The frontend would store, for now, 5 types of data:
>>
>> #. Input: this is python/ipython code to be executed.
>>
>> #. Output (python): result of executing Inputs.
>>
>> #. Standard output: from subprocesses.
>>
>> #. Standard error: from subprocesses.
>>
>> #. Text: arbitrary text. For now, we'll just store plain text and will defer
>> to the user on how to format it, though it should be valid reST if it is
>> later to be converted into html/pdf.
>>
>> The non-text cells would be stored on-disk as follows::
>>
>> .. input-cell::
>> :id: 1
>>
>> 3+3
>>
>> .. output-cell::
>> :id: 1
>>
>> 6
>>
>> .. input-cell::
>> :id: 2
>>
>> ls
>>
>> .. stdout-cell::
>> :id: 2
>>
>> a.py b.py
>>
>> .. input-cell::
>> :id: 3
>>
>> !askdfj
>>
>> .. stderr-cell::
>> :id: 3
>>
>> sh: askdfj: command not found/
>>
>>
>> This document clears some ideas, since the natural way for an IPython's
>> frontend (not only IPythonQt) to load data is rst in wich Python's and
>> IPython's documentation is written.
>
> I would not say that it is natural, no. reST is a fine text markup, but not a
> very good datastore. The parser is difficult to work with, and there aren't any
> tools for generating valid reST from a parsed description.

I agree with Robert that reST is probably not the best option for this.

> I highly recommend using xml.etree to parse and generate a simple XML format.

I am not quite as excited about XML as Robert, but my feeling is this:
 it should be XML unless someone comes up with an option that beats
it.

Cheers,

Brian

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> Robert Kern
>
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>  an underlying truth."
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Brian E. Granger, Ph.D.
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Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo
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