This blog post is about to show a new way of blogging about Python.

Look at a typical blog post or tutorial about any programming language: The article usually presents a couple of code snippets. As I see it, there are two pains with code snippets:

  1. They contain the input and the output but not the actual evaluation of the input
  2. It’s impossible for the reader to modify the output

The forgotten dream

A long time ago, all the developers had a common dream. The dream was about interactivity, instant feedback, evaluation…

But we put this dream aside - because the browser understands only JavaScript.

And after a while, we even forgot that we ever had this dream.

Still, there are some people that didn’t forget this dream, like Alan Kay:

Question: Well, look at Wikipedia — it’s a tremendous collaboration.

Alan Kay: It is, but go to the article on Logo, can you write and execute Logo programs? Are there examples? No. The Wikipedia people didn’t even imagine that, in spite of the fact that they’re on a computer.

Here is the full interview of Alan Kay. (Thanks @fasihsignal for bringing this quote to our awareness.)


The Klipse plugin

The Klipse plugin is a small step toward our forgotten dream: it is a JavaScript tag that transforms static code snippets of an html page into live and interactive snippets:

  1. Live: The code is executed in your browser
  2. Interactive: You can modify the code and it is evaluated as you type

Klipse is written in ClojureScript,

The following languages are supported by Klipse: Clojure, Ruby, JavaScript, Ocaml, Scheme, Jsx, Brainfuck, Prolog, C++ and Lua.

In this article, we are going to demonstrate interactive Python code snippets evaluated by Skulpt, an entirely in-browser implementation of Python.

Klipsify an Python code snippet

Let’s have on this page a small static code snippet:

def hello():
  print("Hello World!")

(This blog is written with jekyll: the kramdown plugin helps a lot in beautifying the code snippets.)

And now, we are going to klipsify this code snippet:

def hello():
  print("Hello World!")

Feel free to edit the code above: it’s interactive => it evaluates as you type.

All I had to do in order to klipsify my code snippet, was to set the language-klipse-python class (configurable) to the appropriate html element.

See it by yourself: here is the source of this page:

<p>And now, we are going to <strong>klipsify</strong> this code snippet:</p>

<pre><code class="language-klipse-python">
def foo:
  print("Hello World!")

Live demo

Before dealing about integration of the Klipse plugin on a web page, let’s enjoy another Klipse snippet implementing factorial in python:

def factorial(n):
  if n == 0:
    return 1
  return n*factorial(n-1)


Go ahead! modify the code snippet above, and it will evaluate as you type…

Evaluating a gist

We can also evaluate code from a gist.

For instance, we could evaluate this gist that tells a turtle to draw a Sierpiński triangle.

Again, feel free to modify the code…


All you need to do in order to integrate the Klipse plugin to your blog (or any other web page), is to add this JavaScript tag to your web page:

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="">

    window.klipse_settings = {
        selector_eval_python_client: '.language-klipse-python'
<script src=""></script>

By the way, this is exactly what we did on the page that you are currently reading.

Other languages

The Klipse plugin is designed as a platform that could support any language that has a client-side evaluator, by writing modules to the Klipse plugin. Currently, in addition to Python, there are modules available for the following languages:


Go ahead!

Write your own blog post with interactive snippets in your preferred language.

It’s super simple to integrate the Klipse plugin on a blog post: check the instructions on Klipse github repository.

You can get some inspiration by the work of the Klipse community