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If it wasn’t already clear to manufacturers that the use of robots is on the rise, the numbers leave little doubt: Millions are installed annually, according to the International Federation of Robotics.

These robots, with their increased flexibility and dexterity, can complete more delicate tasks conventional robots cannot, such as polishing fragile materials in production processes.

Because of their flexibility and relative ease-of-use compared to fully automatic robots, cobots are generally considered to be an affordable and attractive choice for small and medium sized businesses.

These businesses can benefit from robot’s traditional value proposition—they do repetitive or unsafe tasks, freeing up human workers to do more complex work, and without taking compensation.

In fact, according to TM Robotics’ Global Robotics Report 2018, 79% of automation distributors don’t think that their customers fully understand the safety requirements that come with using a cobot and therefore are unlikely to budget for the necessary additional features.

The logic is simple: Fewer human operators means fewer chances to slow production, and several industrial robots can be combined into a fully automated production line.

Upgrading a factory so that cobots work alongside existing legacy equipment and human workers is an attractive proposition for many businesses, but it is one that requires selective investments and careful obsolescence management.

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“I really do think [nbdev] is a huge step forward for programming environments”: Chris Lattner, inventor of Swift, LLVM, and Swift Playgrounds.

And so forth… We believe that the very process of exploration is valuable in itself, and that this process should be saved so that other programmers (including yourself in six months time) can see what happened and learn by example.

They switch to get features like good doc lookup, good syntax highlighting, integration with unit tests, and (critically!) the ability to produce final, distributable source code files, as opposed to notebooks or REPL histories.

To support this kind of exploration, nbdev is built on top of Jupyter Notebook (which also means we get much better support for Python’s dynamic features than in a normal editor or IDE), and adds the following critically important tools for software development: Here’s a snippet from our actual “source code” for nbdev, which is itself written in nbdev (of course!) As you can see, when you build software this way, everyone in your project team gets to benefit from the work you do in building an understanding of the problem domain, such as file formats, performance characteristics, API edge cases, and so forth.

First, let’s talk about a little history… (And if you’re not interested in the history, you can skip ahead to What’s missing in Jupyter Notebook.) Most software development tools are not built from the foundations of thinking about exploratory programming.

It seemed to me at the time that this approach, where an entire software system would be defined in minute detail upfront, and then coded as closely to the specification as possible, did not fit at all well with how I actually got work done.

He describes it as “a methodology that combines a programming language with a documentation language, thereby making programs more robust, more portable, more easily maintained, and arguably more fun to write than programs that are written only in a high-level language.

Nearly 30 years later another brilliant and revolutionary thinker, Bret Victor, expressed his deep discontent for the current generation of development tools, and described how to design “a programming system for understanding programs”.

As he said in his groundbreaking speech “Inventing on Principle”: “Our current conception of what a computer program is — a list of textual definitions that you hand to a compiler — that’s derived straight from Fortran and ALGOL in the late ‘50’s.

(JavaScript front-end programming is however increasingly borrowing ideas from those approaches, such as hot reloading and in-browser live editing.) Matlab, for instance, started out as an entirely interactive tool back in the 1970’s, and today is still widely used in engineering, biology, and various other areas (it also provides regular software development features nowadays).

To do this, it used a “notebook” interface, which behaved a lot like a traditional REPL, but also allowed other types of information to be included, including charts, images, formatted text, outlining sections, and so forth.

In the end though, Mathematica didn’t really help me build anything useful, because I couldn’t distribute my code or applications to colleagues (unless they spent thousands of dollars for a Mathematica license to use it), and I couldn’t easily create web applications for people to access from the browser.

This used the same basic notebook interface as Mathematica (although, at first, with a small subset of the functionality) but was open source, and allowed me to write in languages that were widely supported and freely available.

Many students have found that the ability to experiment with inputs and view intermediate results and outputs, as well as try out their own modifications, helped them to more fully and deeply understand the topics being discussed.

We are also writing a book entirely using Jupyter Notebooks, which has been an absolute pleasure, allowing us to combine prose, code examples, hierarchical structured headings, and so forth, whilst ensuring that our sample outputs (including charts, tables, and images) always correctly match up to the code examples.

For instance, it doesn’t really provide a way to do things like: Because of this, people generally have to switch between a mix of poorly integrated tools, with significant friction as they move from tool to tool, to get the advantages of each: We decided that the best way to handle these things was to leverage great tools that already exist, where possible, and build our own where needed.

With this command, nbdev will simply use your cell outputs where there are conflicts in outputs, and if there are conflicts in cell inputs, then both cells are included in the final notebook, along with conflict markers so you can easily find them and fix them directly in Jupyter.

For instance, you can add methods to a class at any time, you can change the way that classes are created and how they work by using the metaclass system, and you can change how functions and methods behave by using decorators.

However, with a truly dynamic language like python, such information will always just be guesses, since actually providing the correct information would require running the python code itself (which it can’t really do, for all kinds of reasons - for instance the code may be in a state while you’re writing it that actually deletes all your files!) On the other hand, a notebook contains an actual running Python interpreter instance that you’re fully in control of.

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