Introducing RunPage

RunPage is a Jupyter-like portal. If are not familiar with Jupyter, then that is a server which allows you to create documents with embedded Python codes. The documents can contain normal document stuff intermixed with Python codes. The Python codes have the ability to render directly onto the document. RunPage these documents are referred to as pages.

Difference with Jupyter

The first biggest difference is that RunPage allows you to embed Javascript codes instead of Python. Although technically Jupyter can be used to run any kind of language codes, depending on the “kernel”, but all those codes are run on server-side. In case of RunPage they all run in a “sandboxed” environment inside your own browser. So no roundtrip to server is involved which makes it faster and secure. RunPage also allows you to embed file selector in your page, which you can reference in your JS code. These selected files (excel, text, etc. files) can then be processed using APIs provided by RunPage right in your browser without uploading them to server for processing.

RunPage also provides a proper block editor, so that the article writing process is as frictionless as possible.

RunPage is a fully hosted solution with concepts of teams and sharing between teams and to public. The provided APIs are designed to be simple and intuitive. For example, unlike Jupyter the last statement in the code-block are not automatically rendered as output on the document. In RunPage each code-block (referred to as script-block in RunPage) behaves like an Async function body. So only items which are returned from that function get rendered on the page. In fact it renders an array as series of multiple outputs.

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