iPython is an interactive shell. It is great. Combined with Notebooks, it makes a stunningly productive combination. It allows you to truly interact (and learn), share Notebooks so others can view or reproduce your work.
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Launch your own Notebook server by typing the following from the terminal shell.
ipython notebook –pylab inline
It will launch a local web server and also start a browser pointing to launch your browser pointing to http://127.0.0.1:8888/
Click on ‘New Notebook’ button to the right. In the input field type the following
In [ ]: print(“hello, world”)
Congratulations! You’ve made it past the first step.
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