How is BeakerX related to Beaker Notebook?
BeakerX is the successor to Beaker Notebook. After seeing the demo of Jupyter Lab at SciPy 2016 we realized that Jupyter had become extensible enough that much of what made Beaker special could be done in the Jupyter ecosystem.
The result of joining forces with Jupyter is a more powerful tool for our users, and a larger community of developers and users that continues to grow. Jupyter users benefit by getting access to our work as well. And we benefit by leveraging shared infrastructure so we can focus on adding value.
It has taken about a year to port Beaker’s key features to become extensions to Jupyter, and we are very excited to finish this transition and release the results with a new name “BeakerX” that represents both our history and how large a change this is.
What about classic Beaker’s polyglot and autotranslation features?
Beaker Notebook (before BeakerX) is known for supporting polyglot programming, and for autotranslating data between languages. This feature has been the most difficult to fit into Jupyter, and it’s going to take longer to get working.
Can I install BeakerX with pip instead of conda?
Yes, see the instructions. Our documentation focuses on conda for simplicity.