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IPython notebook integration
One thing that would be great is support for IPython notebooks. What I have in mind is essentially what the Canopy editor provides right now: if you open a ipynb file it opens a tab that shows the normal IPython notebook UI, so you can just do all the
nice things within the IDE. Ideally this would connect to the same IPython kernel as the interactive window.
Things that would be nice about this: 1) I could stay within the IDE for all my work, 2) the steps of starting a IPython notebook server and starting it in the right directory would be hidden from me, one could just interact with IPython notebooks as we other
normal files as well, 3) integration with the standard open/save file buttons in the IDE etc
I can think of two levels of support for this: a simple one like the editor in canopy has, where I assume they just host a web browser control and have some thin layer around it to integrate with the IDE save/open file infrastructure. A more complex one where
maybe in code cells we would get e.g. VS code completion, debugging etc. Not sure this one would be even possible...
I think really I am looking for two things:
1) integration with VS file system, so that I double click the file it opens, I save the notebook by clicking save etc. Canopy does that, so there must be some way to get this to work
2) automate (and hide) the whole idea of starting up a IPython notebook server process. Again, Canopy does that already. If I open a file, it starts the server in the background, automatically connects to it etc. I don't even see/know anything about the whole
architecture, as an end user it just looks as if I opened the file in the IDE.
I think what you have in mind might be something a bit different... Really all I want is the level of support that you find in the Canopy editor...