Nice talk :
Several years late, it seems M$ is considering making Python native to Excel.
I wrote a … you guessed it … Quora answer as to why this makes sense for Microsoft.
Python has become massively popular with the data and machine learning communities in the last few years.
Tools like JuPyter are increasingly popular and serious interfaces for data-modellers who previously would have used Excel.
It absolutely makes sense for Microsoft try to embed Excel and itself into that emerging Python data ecosystem by making Python a first-class citizen (ie. default, guaranteed to be there) of Excel.
Not just a third-party add on for those who know about it and can make the effort to install it.
Not only does Python need to be standard within Excel, but access to pip and all the Python libraries needs to be there too. So that Excel becomes the equivalent of Anaconda
That’s the way that M$ can keep Excel relevant in the new data age.
This is not only a good idea for Microsoft. It’s the difference between Excel remaining a major player in data modelling and analysis tools, vs. declining into obscurity.
TreeSheets look like a pretty interesting combination of spreadsheet and hierarchical outliners / organizers.
Fascinating video about the plausible next wave of computing, where increases in speed come from embedding specialized processing elements (Neural networks, FPGAs, DSPs, Dataflow elements) on silicon wafers, alongside general CPUs. And the challenges of inventing programming languages to
This looks good too : programming FPGAs with spreadsheets 🙂
See post on Composing about Kill Math, dynamical systems visualisation.
Resolver Systems have a new “cloud-based” pythonic spreadsheet called “Project Dirigible“