Editors for Bokeh - What's preferred?

Question to the community. I’m new to Bokeh, and am working on an interactive visualization. I’ve done most of my work with data visualization and exploration in IPython Notebook. It looks from the documentation that the best way to do interactive visualizations in Bokeh is to write an app and launch the app from the server. That being said, what’s the preferred editor for this work. Are people working in IPython Notebook and calling output_file(), or is the preferred approach to work in a text editor or IDE?

When I’ve tried using the community edition of PyCharm, the code doesn’t appear to recognize the server. I can convert the .ipnb file to .py and launch the file from the command line using: bokeh serve --show filename.py, but that gets awfully inefficient.

Appreciate any help the community can provide.

Hi,

      I               wouldn't

say there 's a preferred editor

  • whatever you like to write you r python in is a good
    choice. Everything from a plain text editor to PyCharm is fine.

                        One thing I w                            ould
    

note though is that you said: " It looks
from the documentation that the best way to
do interactive visualizations in Bokeh is to
write an app and launch the app from the
server."

                                                      I would

definitely not
say that 's
the case. All of B okeh
provides interactive visualizations , it just
depends on what you’re trying to do
as to whether you want to do
output_file to get a static file,
work in the notebook as you have
been, build
bokeh server apps, or other
options - like embedding bokeh
plots in your existing
websites…I know that can
be a little overwhelmin g and
too much choice doesn’t alw ays
help.

                                              So, un                                                        less you

need server, I
would say you
should
use it.

                                                                                                                Hope

that helps.

                                                      Sincerely,

                                                                                                                Sarah

Bird

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    Question to the community.  I'm new to Bokeh, and

am working on an interactive visualization. I’ve done most of
my work with data visualization and exploration in IPython
Notebook. It looks from the documentation that the best way to
do interactive visualizations in Bokeh is to write an app and
launch the app from the server. That being said, what’s the
preferred editor for this work. Are people working in IPython
Notebook and calling output_file(), or is the preferred approach
to work in a text editor or IDE?

      When I've tried using the community edition of PyCharm, the

code doesn’t appear to recognize the server. I can convert
the .ipnb file to .py and launch the file from the command
line using: bokeh serve --show filename.py, but that gets
awfully inefficient.

Appreciate any help the community can provide.

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