[IPython-dev] Scipy central & IPython notebook.

Brian Granger ellisonbg@gmail....
Sun Sep 23 14:53:13 CDT 2012

On Sun, Sep 23, 2012 at 11:16 AM, Thomas Kluyver <takowl@gmail.com> wrote:
> On 23 September 2012 19:03, Brian Granger <ellisonbg@gmail.com> wrote:
>> * Marketing.  If it is part of the ipython universe, we can control
>> the messaging and marketing to promote the notebook and ipython.  As a
>> project, we tend to not be very outgoing with our marketing and I
>> think this is a mistake.
> As a counterpoint: I'm not thinking of this as a marketing tool for
> IPython notebooks. First and foremost it should be a useful repository
> for scientific Python users.

I don't view marketing and usefulness as mutually exclusive and I
agree with you that usefulness is the primary desired attribute.  I
(and everyone else on the dev team) would definitely not tolerate mere
marketing with no actual usefulness.  But this is the exact reason I
brought up the marketing point - we are not good at it and downplay
its importance like it is a bad thing.  This is an opportunity for us
to address that issue head on.

> I also want to be able to mix examples
> submitted as notebooks with examples from people who don't use the
> notebook, in which case it would work like scipy-central currently
> does.

The notebook is quickly growing into a full blown IDE and will
definitely be able to edit non-notebook files.  It is a completely
logic step for nbviewer to grow those abilities as well.

> In short: I see the notebook as a tool for this kind of site, not the
> focus of it.

OK, but what about my comments about using github rather than
uploading files by hand for content?



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Brian E. Granger
Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo
bgranger@calpoly.edu and ellisonbg@gmail.com

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