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Best practice SageMath workflow?

asked 2017-11-02 17:26:12 -0600

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I am using SageMath more and more and finding that my current workflow is not scaling up well, but am not sure how to improve it.

Basically I use the notebook interface on multiple computers (home, work etc), and each worksheet rapidly expands as I interactively test, write, develop, experiment etc.

So I frequently end up searching for functions that I remember writing, but I am not sure which computer they are on, or even what worksheet they are defined in.

I have tried to discipline myself to write functions only in a small number of Dropbox files which I can then load with a single command from any particular machine. But this is rather slow and if I "save and reload" every time I change something then I have lost the main advantage of an interpreted language over the "save and compile" workflow of writing in C.

I have searched the forum and found technical questions on aspects of this problem, such as how to work across multiple machines with a single set of worksheets, but I could not really make the answers (symlinking files to Dropbox, changing environment variables and so on) work.

So my question is: what is an effective "best practice workflow" of using SageMath across multiple machines that combines the benefits of the interpreted environment with the development of a re-usable body of code.

If it matters, I'm working with various flavours of Unix (either Linux or MacOS) but I am really more interested in the big picture of how to organise my own high-level work practices than precise technical details.

(Feel free to describe your own set-up and workflow if it works for you, even if you are unsure whether it qualifies as "best practice")

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answered 2017-11-02 18:49:19 -0600

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updated 2017-11-02 18:52:31 -0600

Hi, i don't know if this qualifies as best practice, but a workflow i've used (to collaborate w/other people) was to put the code in a gitlab repository (which provides ATM free and private hosting, and a very good quality interface), and then to pull it from a CoCalc project. (i don't remember if you need an upgraded account for this; i have one). anyway, the convenience of this approach is that you can work from anywhere with internet and you don't need sagemath installed in all machines..

for the jupyter notebooks/usual scripts concern, i find the former very practical for playing around with a small chunk of code, although it's better to pass to the latter for organizing the code into a usual python module. (i.e. do not pay attention to version controlling the .ipynb file, whose diff is rather messy).

hope that helps!

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Absolutely git is the way, or at least some version control software. I personally use github but I don't think that matters much. I think to pull into a CoCalc project, you'll need to use a terminal with internet access and so it won't work on a free plan. But I could be wrong.

Paul Bryan gravatar imagePaul Bryan ( 2017-11-06 02:23:43 -0600 )edit

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