The First Notebook War: 11 Reasons Notebooks Suck

Last week I learned about an interesting JupyterCon talk given by Joel Grus titled “I Don’t Like Notebooks”.

And thus begins the "2018 Notebook War". Hillary Parker and Roger Peng both weighed in on Twitter, and Hadley Wickham called it "the spaces vs tabs of data science." Touchè.

Notebooks have in turn been lionized as the next great scientific communication revolution and been decried as a shit way to write code. Both are probably true to some extent. Netflix just wrote about their extensive infrastructure to support productionizing notebooks. Is this a good idea? The industry is still deciding on how data analysis work should be conducted and it's fascinating to watch this conversation play out.


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