If you’re working with the Microsoft Data Platform, you should be, at the least, exploring Azure Data Studio as a new tool in your toolbox. One of the big reasons for this is the inclusion of Jupyter Notebooks.
For those who don’t know, Jupyter Notebooks are an open source documentation tool that lets you combine text and pictures with live code. From this we can talk about runbooks that you can share with people, lessons in combination with videos, presentations, interactive software documentation and lots more.
I’m myopically focused at the moment on Azure Data Studio, but there are a lot of other places and ways to create or consume notebooks. However, I’m going to keep my focus.
The issue I’m running into, is distributing the notebooks.
Where to go to get a Jupyter Notebook?
I’ve started with the idea of using a simple method of distribution. I’ve put my notebooks created so far (and there are exceedingly few at the moment) in a Github repository. Follow the link. You should be able to see my notebooks. They are sloppy and poor examples right now. As I say, I’m just figuring this stuff out.
However, I’m not convinced that this is the right way to distribute the notebooks.
What Do You Think?
If you don’t mind, I’d like to ask two questions of you.
First, are you exploring Azure Data Studio and Jupyter Notebooks?
Second, what do you think the best way to distribute notebooks could be?
Please answer in the comments. Also, share this blog post around. I’d really like to get some feedback on this one. I’m convinced of the utility of Jupyter Notebooks. I’m not convinced that enough of you are convinced, if that makes sense.