Do I have to use jupyter notebooks for off-platform projects?

I know that they tell you to install all of this stuff for the off platform projects, but I like using pycharm and I wanted to know if there’s a way to not use jupyter notebooks to do the off platform projects.

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You don’t have to, but using Jupyter notebooks can make it easier to test out pieces of code without having to re-run the whole script. This is particularly useful when working on Data Science projects. I would encourage you to at least try using Jupyter notebooks to become acquainted with them.

Also, just because you are using a notebook, it doesn’t mean you have to give up PyCharm :slight_smile:
Check out this article about running Jupyter notebooks inside of PyCharm:

Happy coding!


You could also use Google Colab (it’s based on Jupyter). Plus, since it’s cloud-based, you just have to install it on your Google Drive.

FTR, I used both Jupyter and Colab…but mostly Colab.


Thank you! I’ll check this out.

Can it run the files codecademy gives you when you do the off platform projects?

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Yep! You can open ipynb files in notebook.


I meant Colab.

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Okay, thank you! I will definitely use this.

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You’re welcome!
The organized documentation and walk-thru videos are pretty helpful too.

I know it’s late to the party but I was thinking about this question and my search led me here. I would like to add to the answers in this thread. I found a great answer online:
Comparing Datalore with other cloud-based notebook services - Datalore Forum (
It turns out that there are many, free or freemium, platforms that allow you to code and run notebooks online. What I like about this guy’s answer is that he discusses six different possible platforms and makes a detailed comparison of each. It is, however, possibly dated since the answer is from 2019 so do keep that in mind.
Hopefully I’ll get around to personally trying these different products to have a hands-on experience with each.