What’s the point of using IPython if it’s not going to be using the Jupyter notebook?
Excellent question. While the Jupyter notebook is a wonderful tool, sometimes it can be overkill. At times, all I want is to quickly pop into a shell, grab an object, and do a little manipulation or testing.
What’s wrong with just using
pythonto open a shell?
Another wonderful question. You’re really good at this. The answer is that there is nothing wrong with using the standard Python shell, but the reason to give IPython a try is that you get a lot of things for free. Among some of these features are:
- Persistent input history
- Tab completion
- Extensible system of “magic” commands
- A rich configuration system
- Syntax highlighting as you type
- Integration with a command line editor
…and much, much more.