Announcing .NET Jupyter Notebooks – Scott Hanselman

Graphs in Jupyter NotebooksJupyter Notebooks has been the significant player in the interactive development space for many years, and Notebooks have played a vital role in the continued popularity of languages like Python, R, Julia, and Scala. Interactive experiences like this give users with a lightweight tool (I like to say “interactive paper”) for learning, iterative development, and data science and data manipulation.

The F# community has enjoyed F# in Juypter Notebooks from years with the pioneering functional work of Rick Minerich, Colin Gravill and many other contributors!

As Try .NET has grown to support more interactive C# and F# experiences across the web with runnable code snippets, and an interactive documentation generator for .NET Core with the dotnet try global tool, we’re happy to take that same codebase to the next level, by announcing C# and F# in Jupyter notebooks.

.NET in Jupyter Notebooks

Even better you can start playing with it today, locally or in the cloud!

.NET in Anaconda locally

Install the .NET Kernel

Please note: If you have the dotnet try global tool already installed, you will need to uninstall the older version and get the latest before grabbing the Jupyter kernel-enabled version of the dotnet try global tool.

  • Check to see if Jupyter is installed

    jupyter kernelspec list

  • Install the .NET kernel!

    dotnet try jupyter install

    dotnet try jupyter install

  • Test installation

    jupyter kernelspec list

    You should see the .net-csharp and .net-fsharp listed.

jupyter kernelspec list
  • To start a new notebook, you can either type jupyter lab Anaconda prompt or launch a notebook using the Anaconda Navigator.

  • Once Jupyter Lab has launched in your preferred browser, you have the option to create a C# or a F# notebook

.NET C# and F# in Jupyter Notebooks

For more information on our APIs via C# and F#, please check out our documentation on the binder side or in the dotnet/try repo in the NotebookExamples folder.

C# and F# samples and docs

Features

To explore some of the features that .NET notebooks ships with, I put together dashboard for the Nightscout GitHub repo.

HTML output : By default .NET notebooks ship with several helper methods for writing HTML. From basic helpers that enable users to write out a string as HTML or output Javascript to more complex HTML with PocketView. Below I’m using the display() helper method.

Nightscout

Importing packages : You can load NuGet packages using the following syntax. If you’ve used Rosyln-powered scripting this #r for a reference syntax will be familiar.

#r "nuget:,"

For Example

#r "nuget:Octokit, 0.32.0"
#r "nuget:NodaTime, 2.4.6"
using Octokit;
using NodaTime;
using NodaTime.Extensions;
using XPlot.Plotly;

Do note that when you run a cell like this with a #r reference that you’ll want to wait as that NuGet package is installed, as seen below with the … detailed output.

installing nuget packages in Jupyter Notebooks

Object formatters : By default, the .NET notebook experience enables users to display useful information about an object in table format.

The code snippet below will display all opened issues in the nightscout/cgm-remote-monitor repo.

display(openSoFar.Select(i => new {i.CreatedAt, i.Title, State = i.State.StringValue,  i.Number}).OrderByDescending(d => d.CreatedAt));

With the object formatter feature, the information will be displayed in a easy to read table format.

Querying the Nightscout repository

Plotting

Visualization is powerful storytelling tool and,a key feature of the Jupyter notebook experience. As soon as you import the wonderful XPlot.Plotly F# Visualization Package into your notebooks(using Xplot.Ploty;) you can begin creating rich data visualizations in .NET.

The graphs are interactive too! Hover over the different data points to see the values.

Issue report over the last year

Learn, Create and Share

To learn, create and share .NET notebooks please check out the following resources:

  • Learn: To learn online checkout the dotnet/try binder image for a zero install experience.
  • Create: To get started on your machine check out the dotnet/try repo. Select the option highlighted option
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  • Share: If you want to share notebooks you have made using the .NET Jupyter kernel, the easiest way is to generate a Binder image that anyone can run on the web. For more information on how to do this please check out the .NET Jupyter documentation.

Checkout the online .NET Jupyter Notebook I created for to explore the NightScout GitHub project using C# and the Octokit APIs.

We hope you enjoy this new .NET Interactive experience and that you’re pleasantly surprised by this evolution of the .NET Try interactive kernel.


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