[IPython-User] Python code in a markdown cell

Michael Hadmack hadmack@gmail....
Fri Apr 13 13:56:31 CDT 2012

This makes sense.  Since the Markdown is rendered on demand by the browser
it needs to be regenerated when a file is loaded, but since the python code
will not be executed there will likely be errors accessing the non-existent
python objects.  So the only way to put python results into Markdown text
is to copy and paste unless there were a feature to perform a one time
evaluation of a python statement in Markdown and replace with a static
result.  This kind of feature would certainly cause more problems than its

Is there a concise way to have IPython display the result of an assignment
automatically.  For example if in a code cell I had:

x = 10
y = 5
z = x + y
print z
z  # alternatively

Is there any way to do this on a single line?

print z = x + y does not work but does IPython have anything magic for this
kind of thing?



On Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 9:27 PM, Fernando Perez <fperez.net@gmail.com>wrote:

> On Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 9:11 PM, Fernando Perez <fperez.net@gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > You actually can execute Python code in the kernel, try the following
> > in a markdown cell:
> >
> > <script type="text/javascript">
> >    IPython.notebook.kernel.execute("x=99");
> > </script>
> >
> > then print x in your next python cell, and you'll see 99 (also note
> > how your prompt counter will have gone up by one).
> BTW, I forgot to note that you should *NOT* put the above tricks into
> any notebook that you actually want to save, because it actually
> breaks reloading of that same notebook later on.  As Brian mentioned,
> there are subtle issues with the JS trying to access the IPython
> objects in random places, and in this case having a markdown cell that
> tries to use the IPython object will prevent the file from opening
> cleanly later on (since at web load time, the object isn't fully
> constructed yet).
> f
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