Two Snakes and a Notebook

“The Jupyter Notebook is an open-source web application that allows you to create and share documents that contain live code, equations, visualizations and narrative text.”

A notebook consists mainly of markdown cells to build narratives around your code and code cells to define computional code respectively show output of executed code (see figure 1).

Cell Types
Figure 1: The main cell types

Jupyter offers the possibily to explain and run your code in blocks, which is quite nice – not only for data scientists, but for tutorial writers as well: you don’t have to do all the copy&paste stuff anymore. It supports code in many programming languages, Continue reading Two Snakes and a Notebook

Ubuntu in a Box

Linux is a wounderful operating system for coding and development, but Windows or Mac OS also have advantages. My favorite Linux distribution is Ubuntu (even if there are good reasons to use Linux Mint or Xubuntu). To combine the best of different operating systems, you don’t have to install them side by side: In many cases a virtual machine (VM) is sufficient, especially if your system has a SSD, 8 GB ram and an eight-core processor.

I’m using Oracle Virtual Box, because it’s free and together with an extension pack it delivers a bunch of useful options and features (like a shared clipboard or shared folders and so on). Continue reading Ubuntu in a Box