Presented 2015-08-24 at SF Bay ACM, held at the eBay south campus in San Jose.
Project Jupiter https://jupyter.org/ evolved from IPython notebooks, and now supports a wide variety of programming language back-ends. Notebooks have proven to be effective tools used in Data Science, providing convenient packages for what Don Knuth coined as "literate programming" in the 1980s: code plus exposition in markdown. Results of running the code appear in-line as interactive graphics -- all packaged as collaborative, web-based documents. Some have said that the introduction of cloud-based notebooks is nearly as large of a fundamental change in software practice as the introduction of spreadsheets.
O'Reilly Media has been considering the question, "What comes after books and video?" Or, as one might imagine more pointedly, what comes after Kindle? To that point we have collaborated with Project Jupyter to integrate notebooks into our content management process, allowing authors to generate articles, tutorials, reports, and other media products as notebooks that also incorporate video segments. Code dependencies are containerized using Docker, and all of the content gets managed in Git repositories. We have added another layer, an open source project called Thebe that provides a kind of "media player" for embedding the containerized notebooks into web pages