The exploratory-algorithm-person’s IDE-equivalent. Literate coding-meets-science.
Let’s say I want to demonstrate my algorithm to my thesis advisor while he’s off at conference. I need an easily shareable demonstration. that’s why we have the internet, and scientific computation/documentation system such as knitr and Jupyter.
See also text editors, citation management, academic writing workflow, python, cloud computing a.k.a. cloud wrangling, open notebook science, scientific computation workflows, build tools.
See knitr et al.