[IPython-User] PLEASE make autosave standard

Carl Smith carl.input@gmail....
Wed Nov 7 07:56:51 CST 2012

Should probably mention that the missing undo-cell-deletion feature will
likely overlap autosave once it goes in.
On Nov 7, 2012 1:20 PM, "Thomas Kluyver" <takowl@gmail.com> wrote:

> On 7 November 2012 12:43, Tom <tmbdev@gmail.com> wrote:
>> (I think lack of autosave should be prio-blocker.)
> In general, I don't think we'd block on a new feature. The standard for
> setting a blocker is 'would we wait for this if everything else is ready
> for a release?' 0.14 will improve on 0.13 even if it's released without
> autosave, so it wouldn't make sense to hold it up for that.
> Could you flesh out a detailed description of how an autosave might work,
> perhaps as an IPEP (
> https://github.com/ipython/ipython/wiki/IPython-Enhancement-Proposals-%28IPEPs%29). It should describe, for instance:
> - What gets saved
> - Will it be always on, configurable, or 'smart'?
> - Where does it get saved? I don't like extra files cluttering up my
> working directory.
> - What happens if I have the same notebook open in two tabs? Or two
> computers talking to the same server?
> - Notebooks needn't be stored as files, they could be blobs in a database
> - how will this be abstracted away from the frontend?
> - Will autosave files be automatically removed, and if so, when?
> - How is a crash detected, and what UI presents the autosaves to the user?
> Looking at this differently, I wonder if we could use the localStorage
> Javascript APIs to do autosaves client-side? I suspect that idea has its
> share of difficulties, but perhaps it's worth exploring.
> Thanks,
> Thomas
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