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Support user-defined Python module

I would like to maintain a set of Python functions and classes in a separate model/script, then do an import from that module in a notebook and DO4DSX model.
Use cases:
* I want to move complex function definitions out of my notebook.
The functions take up a lot of screen space in the notebook and are not that relevant for the main topic of the notebook.
* I have multiple notebooks in the same project that want to share code.
* I have a set of functions/classes I want to re-use among multiple projects of possibly multiple users
This code is not stable and may need frequent updates and additions. Therefore, it would not be feasible to require the assistance of a DSX administrator to update the module.
Currently, DSX does support a custom module/script. It can be uploaded to the scripts directory and in DSX 1.2 it can be viewed and edited.
In addition, DSX supports the notion of a Library project to which other projects have access to.
Notebooks can import from a module in either the local scripts directory or a directory in the shared Library project.
But the DO4DSX model based on such notebook fails to run due to a failure to import the module.

In particular, I would like to create a set of re-usable functions that support DO4DSX optimization models.
Without this feature, I would have to copy and paste a large block of code in the top cells of a notebook. This is ugly and difficult to maintain.

  • VICTOR Terpstra
  • Apr 23 2018
  • Future Consideration
Role Summary Data Scientist
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    VIRGINIE Chassain commented
    May 3, 2018 08:14

    If scripts can be imported in notebook, it is true that it should as well be supported in model builders. Under consideration.

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