I have used Emacs on and off for a long time but have not been able to completely switch from Pycharm, jupyter notebooks and latex.
There are just so many small things that pycharm takes care of that I don’t know if I should setup up manually or if there are simple solutions within Doom Emacs.
So is there anyone doing datascience with just Emacs? If so I would love to hear how you go about setting up a project and working with both model creation, visuals, reports and presentations.
I use it for ML things.
If you want a replacement for jupyter notebooks, there’s GitHub - millejoh/emacs-ipython-notebook: Jupyter notebook client in Emacs or GitHub - nnicandro/emacs-jupyter: An interface to communicate with Jupyter kernels. or simply using org-babel with src block.
I dislike all of the above-mentioned methods. Notebooks do not scale and are a nightmare to use beyond tiny snippets of code.
If you want a quick and easy repl for visualization or experimentation, you can use
Depending on your setup, you may want to install the
with-venv macro and add
(setq python-shell-interpreter (with-venv (executable-find "python"))) to
config.el to get your packages loaded properly.
However, I have found that as my projects grow in size, even the ipython repl becomes unwieldy. When I do anything beyond experimentation, I use
dap-debug to run my program to a specific point and then play around with the code in
Tutorial on setting up
dap-debug with python here: https://emacs-lsp.github.io/dap-mode/page/python-poetry-pyenv/
Similar steps should work for tools like conda.
Emacs has a fully functional latex mode. I prefer to use org-mode when I can (I sometimes need to resort to latex), which exports to latex if you need it.
If you still wish to use
latex, I suggest installing
latexmk and setting the
+latexmk flag in the latex module to preserve some of your sanity.
For images, I either use
plt.show() or just
savefig and have the figure open in an emacs buffer, or a separate window.
If you use
savefig and open the image in a buffer, you can add this to
config.el to automatically update the image as you save and re-save it:
(setq auto-revert-use-notify t)
For presentations I haven’t done enough to decide what way I like the most. The org module has the
+present flag which supports reveal.js, beamer and org-tree-slide. Beamer is nice because it’s standardized, less nice because it’s ugly as heck (theme can be changed of course, just requires some extra work). I tried
reveal.js and found it frustrating.
org-tree-slide did the trick last time I had a presentation, and it’s probably what I’ll use next time as well.
Two things that you might find to be of interest:
- GitHub - tecosaur/ox-chameleon: Make your Org exports blend in
Here’s what putting those two things together looks like for me:
Yes, those do make it much nicer! I should try org → beamer export, I never have.
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