Meet Pretzel: An AI Dev Startup with an Open-Source, Offline Browser-based Tool and AI-Native Alternative to Jupyter Notebooks

The artificial intelligence sector is seeing a surge in new entrants. Artificial intelligence’s application is revolutionizing technology in fields like NLP (Natural Language Processing) and ML (Machine Learning). The learning curve for artificial intelligence is steep, too, for those who aren’t enthusiastic about diving in. Traditional tools, like Jupyter Notebooks, can be difficult and intimidating to people new to data research. 

Meet Pretzel, an open-source substitute for Jupyter Notebooks that aims to level the playing field for data exploration and analysis. Without ever touching a line of code, Pretzel’s user-friendly graphical interface lets them drag and drop data sources, execute transformations, and build visualizations.

Features 

  • Reproducibility: Because Pretzel notebooks are reactive, cells instantly update when their dependencies change, making them ideal for modeling. If you do this, your notebooks will remain in sync and consistently output findings. 
  • With Pretzel, sharing and editing notebooks in real time is a breeze, exactly like in Google Docs. Say goodbye to merge disputes and back-and-forth emails about notebooks. 
  • Pretzel to Feel Like an IDE: We’re Improving Pretzel with the Finest Features of Today’s IDEs. Embrace a world of intelligent features on your notebook, including linting, testing, debugging, and intelligent autocomplete.
  • Multilingual: Pretzel is fully compatible with Python and SQL. One can easily switch between languages using the same notepad. 
  • AI-Enabled: Pretzel seamlessly incorporates popular AI tools such as GitHub Copilot and extensive language models. Smart code suggestions, code comprehension, code editing, and code generation are all accessible within your notebook. 
  • The potential of open-source software is something we wholeheartedly support. You may rest assured that Pretzel owns all your data and code because it is and will remain fully open-source. 

Here are a few advantages of Pretzels: 

  • Teams doing data science projects might benefit from Pretzel’s real-time collaboration features, which enable numerous users to edit the same notebook concurrently.
  • With Pretzel’s integrated development environment (IDE), data scientists can save time writing code by taking advantage of features like syntax highlighting and code completion.
  • Data scientists can save time and effort using Pretzel’s built-in support for SQL and Python to do data analysis and database queries using these languages alone. 

Funding

 YCombinator backs Pretzel

Pretzel is a huge plus if you’re unfamiliar with AI or prefer a visual way to look at data. With Pretzel’s intuitive design, more individuals will be able to join the AI revolution and remove obstacles. 


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Dhanshree Shenwai is a Computer Science Engineer and has a good experience in FinTech companies covering Financial, Cards & Payments and Banking domain with keen interest in applications of AI. She is enthusiastic about exploring new technologies and advancements in today’s evolving world making everyone's life easy.

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