Thanks all - one thing I want to make sure is clear - these are forward looking press releases - in other words press releases that we would hope to be able to publish once these extensions are ready for release later this year. If this writing style brings up questions for anyone in the community, don’t hesitate to ask. It could help us to improve upon the narrative or how we share these in the future.
Note that while we will continue iterating upon and improving the quality of these, I am happy with what we created. I believe that this writing exercise has served as an important tool for finding alignment among the team for the vision and scope of this set of extensions in JupyterLab. The engaging and thorough discussions that were held as the team co-wrote these were super valuable in getting clarity not only on what we were building, but why. In fact, the question I always focused on asking as we reviewed drafts was writing about the why of what was being proposed - the impact it would have, as opposed to the what was being built.
Besides getting everyone on the same page by asking these high level questions, another extremely valuable part of this exercise was asking the team to push themselves in the area of writing. In my experience, the most successful people on the planet not only have brilliant ideas but they are skilled at communicating these ideas in a way that inspires or gathers support from their intended audience. Whether it’s through talking or writing, the ability to engage others and get them to understand our life’s work is a key component to success and sustainability at Jupyter.
With that in mind, it would be great for this team to work together to write a blog post or document more of this process. Let’s make sure to get a picture of someone staring intensely at their laptop to simulate the writing of the first draft :o)