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notebook versus terminal session

asked 2015-03-31 10:05:44 -0500

beeson gravatar image

Can someone point me to some explanation why I would use a notebook rather than a terminal session? Someone has gone to a lot of work to make the notebooks, and I don't understand why, as I like to be able to paste a sage file, or parts of it, into a "verbatim" environment in TeX so a reader could duplicate the computations. Is it that a notebook can be used to make an interactive web page?

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answered 2015-03-31 10:23:16 -0500

Luca gravatar image

The notebook is all about the web. Everything you can do at the terminal, you can do in the notebook. And _vice versa_. Some things, are just more nicely shared via a notebook. See http://nbviewer.ipython.org/ (not Sage, but close enough).

Other good reasons to use notebooks :

Personally, I always use the terminal for personal or one shot computations, and Sage inside an IPython notebook for collaborating and sharing.

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answered 2015-03-31 10:19:41 -0500

kcrisman gravatar image

This question should attract a number of different answers. My take:

Similar closed-source programs have (very successful) notebook-type interfaces, and people find it very useful for organizing and presenting. So we created one too, for those who like that. (Which is a lot of people.)

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