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Re: [Axiom-developer] NotebookWiki

From: Bob McElrath
Subject: Re: [Axiom-developer] NotebookWiki
Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2006 17:18:51 -0700
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address@hidden address@hidden wrote:
> Recently, we've been discussing adapting the notebook to be used by Axiom 
> and other languages.  I commented that I've been contemplating a fusion of 
> the SAGE notebook, and the wiki idiom.  I thought I'd have gotten around to 
> this sooner, but I've finally posted my ideas to the SAGE wiki.  This is by 
> no means complete, but I want to get other people into the discussion early 
> on.

Have you seen my axiom/tiddlywiki demo?

I have gotten more heavily involved in the TiddlyWiki project, which is
a CLIENT-side wiki, and as such I think it is much more appropriate as a
basis of personal mathematical computation.  In the above example each
wiki node is a logical unit of computation that can be mixed & matched.
I think this idiom may be quite powerful and we should continue to try
ideas along these lines.

Whether or not you like tiddlywiki, I think the web browser as an
interface is extremely powerful, due to firefox's knowledge of MathML,
and straightforward UI interaction that can be done with css,
javascript, and AJAX.  This nicely abstracts the interface from the
axiom server.

What ever happened with embedding a web server in axiom a la axiomui?
If someone can point me to a build of axiom which contains a web server,
I can whip up the equivalent to the above using a newer axiom and
TiddlyWiki version, where the interface would use AJAX to communicate
with the axiom server.  This would all be local, no web hosting needed.
(I'd very much like to do this...but have been unable to find the
axiomui code, and just building it would cost me a week of pain...)

I've tried various ideas using netcat, and similar tools to pipe command
line interfaces over HTTP, but to no success (so far).  But, perhaps it
can still be done...

Bob McElrath [Univ. of California at Davis, Department of Physics]

    Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. - Carl Sagan

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