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Sphinx extension for CodeRefinery lessons

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This is a Sphinx extension for software-carpentry style lessons. It is designed as a replacement for the Jekyll-based software templates.


  • Sphinx, including power from all of its extensions.

  • ReST

  • Markdown via the myst_parser parser, so has access to all Sphinx directives natively

  • Jupyter as a source format, including executing the notebook (via myst_nb).

  • Automatically building via Github Actions and automatic deployment to Github Pages. Included workflow file builds all branches, so you can also preview pull requests.

  • Directives for exercises/prereq/etc, works in both ReST and md.

  • The Sphinx part can be separated into a separately installable and versionable Python package, so we don’t need git sub-modules.

  • Execute code cells in markdown (via myst_nb).

  • Consists of sub-extensions for substitutions. Adding sphinx_lesson as an extension will bring in these:

    • sphinx_lesson.directives (the core directives)

    • sphinx_lesson.md_transforms (reprocess some other markdown format into myst_nb format)

    • myst_nb (not developed by us)

Host Site Locally for Development

  1. Create a virtual python environment:

    python -m venv venv
  2. Activate the virtual environment:

    source activate venv/bin/activate
  3. Install python packages:

    pip install -r requirements.txt
  4. Build local files (this can also be used for deployment):

    make html
    # Output in _build/html/
    make clean html             # clean + full rebuild
  5. Or, start a live-compiled service for your compiled site for local development:

    make livehtml

    Then view created site in your browser at http://localhost:8000 (follow the link in your console).


In beta use by CodeRefinery and active development. External users would be fine (but let us know so we know to keep things stable).

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