[IPython-dev] [matplotlib-devel] IPython (new) + matplotlib report: happy news

Benjamin Root ben.root@ou....
Tue Sep 14 20:29:19 CDT 2010


On Wed, Sep 15, 2010 at 1:10 AM, Robert Kern <robert.kern@gmail.com> wrote:

> On 9/14/10 8:01 PM, Benjamin Root wrote:
> > On Wed, Sep 15, 2010 at 12:39 AM, Fernando Perez <fperez.net
> > <http://fperez.net>@gmail.com <http://gmail.com>> wrote:
> >
> >     On Tue, Sep 14, 2010 at 12:57 PM, Benjamin Root <ben.root@ou.edu
> >     <mailto:ben.root@ou.edu>> wrote:
> >      >
> >      > Why not have an examples module that contains function calls to
> each
> >      > example?  On the website, we can show the source code, but also
> say that one
> >      > could just do:
> >      >
> >      >>>> import matplotlib.examples as ex
> >      >>>> ex.bars3d_demo()
> >
> >     The idea is to have the *actual code* pasted in your terminal,
> because
> >     now we can easily edit complex multi-line examples directly in
> >     ipython.  So it's not just a matter of seeing the figure results, but
> >     mostly of having the actual source in your input buffer to play with.
> >
> >     Cheers,
> >
> >     f
> >
> >
> > True... but, consider this.  ipython can already display the code for a
> > particular module/function using the '??' idiom.  Why not have some way
> to take
> > that text and bring it into the input buffer?
>
> Regardless of whether or not this is a good idea, it doesn't replace the
> functionality Fernando is requesting. People *will* be looking at the
> matplotlib
> docs on the web and copy-pasting the examples. Placing a link that they can
> click to easily, robustly, and *obviously* copy the code for pasting into
> the
> shell (or anywhere else!) is better than telling them to go type some magic
> commands they've probably never seen before. Magic commands that they will
> probably want to copy-paste. And so the cycle is complete.
>
>
Good point.  I guess I am just a little *too* terminal-oriented.  I tend to
access the examples directly and have to copy-and-paste snippets of code,
which has many issues with indentation and empty lines.

Just the new input buffer of ipython is a significant enough feature to
stand on its own and be beneficial.  How we get text to it can be done in
many different ways.

Ben Root
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