Creating a custom JavaScript widget in the notebook – a spreadsheet editor for pandas

We have previously introduced the new interactive features of the IPython notebook 2.0. In this recipe, we dive deeper into the subject by showing how to go beyond the existing widgets provided by IPython 2.0. Specifically, we will create a custom JavaScript-based widget that communicates with the Python kernel.

Specifically, we will create a basic interactive Excel-like data grid editor in the IPython notebook, compatible with pandas' DataFrame. Starting from a DataFrame object, we will be able to edit it within a GUI in the notebook. The editor is based on the Handsontable JavaScript library ( Other JavaScript data grid editors could ...

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