On May 6th we had the 6th meeting of the visual-tools group, a group for collaborations across different Clojure projects for literate programming and data visualization.
This was a monthly meeting, with various updates on ongoing projects.
(also see the Zulip topic thread for the continued discussion)
@mauricioszabo presented Saturn, a work-in-progress attempt to build a hackable&modular editor inspired by Atom, consisting of plugins.
Awb99 offered a conceptual framework for reasoning about various visual tools, based on his ongoing experience with Pink-Gorilla, Goldly, etc.
@daslu shared a brief explanation of what Clay is, and a few updates: Scittle-based rendering, relying on
tap>, interactive client-server widgets.
@Christopher_Small shared an update about the path towards Oz 2.0 (which is worth trying already): making it more modular, thinking in terms of a build system (over blocks of code in a namespace), learning from experiences at work (bioinformatics), parallelizing, dependency tracking across blocks of code.
@kiramclean introduced the new project of building a community-driven cookbook of examples.
Awb99 updated about the Pink-Gorilla approach towards example snippets.
Then we went back to brainstorm the cookbook idea.
@Christopher_Small and @kiramclean discussed the open issue by @Carsten_Behring of bringing EDN to the Vega website.
Awb99 and @Christopher_Small discussed possibly extracting the data pipeline parts out of Oz as a standalone library.
@ethanmiller presented the idea of sharing examples in a Mybinder-like tool for sharing runnable examples.
@Christopher_Small suggested the use of using Docker containers for such needs, and we discussed the tradeoffs around that.
Hopes for the coming month (potential meetings)
- brainstorming @kiramclean’s new cookbook project.
- a dive in talk of @mauricioszabo about Saturn
- possibly some study session
The next time we meet will be announced soon. We are considering a few options for sessions during the month.
Will you join us?
Please reach out if you are interested in this group.
It is recommended to follow the #visual-tools Zulip stream and the Slack channel of the same name.