After using all kinds of editors over the years, from Emacs to Word to LaTex, I have to say there has never been a better time to be doing research. Tools like Jupyter Notebook and the MEAN stack mean that you can easily have access to an industrial weight data store right along side your academic writing. There is nothing cooler than having access to variables in academic writing, and being able to put together interactive visualisations so people can immerse themselves in your data when they are reading your stuff (well, ok, there is probably some cooler stuff than this…but even so).
But while this brave new world is cool, sometimes you do need to able to print stuff out. If you work across different disciplines especially, its not enough to have all your stuff living on the web. You need to be able to create high quality, camera ready papers suitable for hard copy printing.
To solve the issue, I created a cool angular research template. Styled for even the most discerning tweed wearing academic type, its a way to work in the web environment with a view to printing.
- A simple CSS set up to manage A4 pages and margins, fonts, and some Twitter Bootstrap styling, super handy for basic layout stuff.
- Angular driven website under the hood, so all the advantages that come with that. You can beautifully organise your data in factories and all that other Angular garb. Directives, along with the CSS, give you that nice LaTex style control that we all love and crave.
You can check it out on my Github (which is another neat thing of this set up – simple version control!).