The Notebook Problem, Solved!
Let’s skip the smalltalk, let’s get to business. Lately I’ve been taking a lot of udemy/coursera/udx courses and I’ve always been either, doodling in a carbon-based notebook or writing form-less text files on my computer. Gradually I started using Markdown but with the significance of math in my line of work, expressing concepts through mathematical notation is a indispensable luxury. I’ve always been forced to jump to TeX if I really felt the need to get technical and I still think that TeX is awesome but just a couple of minutes ago I bumped into pandoc whilst roaming around the internet in my quest for something more convenient.
Input notes by writing Markdown, add some formulas by enclosing them within the TeX-ish dollar signs and pandoc it into whatever you really want, a TeX file, a PDF, a HTML file or maybe even a Word Document (my least favorite). Bliss!!!
I guess the best way to experience its awesomeness is by installing pandoc and playing with some of it’s awesome features.
As for me?!? I’m in love. My notebooks are disappearing in a box and I’m going pandoc. I’ve already rewritten pretty much all of my notes, and my Makefiles are ready to generate whatever my heart craves at the push of a button.
Thank you, John MacFarlane.