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Markdown vs Stan: What are the differences?

What is Markdown? Text-to-HTML conversion tool/syntax for web writers, by John Gruber. Markdown is two things: (1) a plain text formatting syntax; and (2) a software tool, written in Perl, that converts the plain text formatting to HTML.

What is Stan? A Probabilistic Programming Language. A state-of-the-art platform for statistical modeling and high-performance statistical computation. Used for statistical modeling, data analysis, and prediction in the social, biological, and physical sciences, engineering, and business.

Markdown and Stan are primarily classified as "Languages" and "Machine Learning" tools respectively.

Stan is an open source tool with 1.61K GitHub stars and 279 GitHub forks. Here's a link to Stan's open source repository on GitHub.

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What is Markdown?

Markdown is two things: (1) a plain text formatting syntax; and (2) a software tool, written in Perl, that converts the plain text formatting to HTML.

What is Stan?

A state-of-the-art platform for statistical modeling and high-performance statistical computation. Used for statistical modeling, data analysis, and prediction in the social, biological, and physical sciences, engineering, and business.
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      Yashu Mittal
      Yashu Mittal
      Founder & CEO at CodeCarrot · | 1 upvotes · 7.2K views
      atCodeCarrotCodeCarrot
      Markdown
      Markdown
      Ruby
      Ruby
      Jekyll
      Jekyll

      Jekyll is an open source static site generator (SSG) with a Ruby at its core which transform your plain text into static websites and blogs.

      It is simple means no more databases, comment moderation, or pesky updates to install—just your content. As said earlier SSG uses Markdown, Liquid, HTML & CSS go in and come out ready for deployment. Lastly it's blog-aware permalinks, categories, pages, posts, and custom layouts are all first-class citizens here.

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      Johnny Bell
      Johnny Bell
      Senior Software Engineer at StackShare · | 12 upvotes · 208.5K views
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      styled-components
      styled-components
      Emotion
      Emotion
      Glamorous
      Glamorous
      Showdown
      Showdown
      Ruby
      Ruby
      GraphQL
      GraphQL
      React
      React
      Markdown
      Markdown
      #StackDecisionsLaunch
      #CssInJs
      #Frontend

      For Stack Decisions I needed to add Markdown in the decision composer to give our users access to some general styling when writing their decisions. We used React & GraphQL on the #Frontend and Ruby & GraphQL on the backend.

      Instead of using Showdown or another tool, We decided to parse the Markdown on the backend so we had more control over what we wanted to render in Markdown because we didn't want to enable all Markdown options, we also wanted to limit any malicious code or images to be embedded into the decisions and Markdown was a fairly large to import into our component so it was going to add a lot of kilobytes that we didn't need.

      We also needed to style how the markdown looked, we are currently using Glamorous so I used that but we are planning to update this to Emotion at some stage as it has a fairly easy upgrade path rather than switching over to styled-components or one of the other cssInJs alternatives.

      Also we used React-Mentions for tagging tools and topics in the decisions. Typing @ will let you tag a tool, and typing # will allow you to tag a topic.

      The Markdown options that we chose to support are tags: a, code, u, b, em, pre, ul, ol, li.

      If there are anymore tags you'd love to see added in the composer leave me a comment below and we will look into adding them.

      #StackDecisionsLaunch

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      Jerome Dalbert
      Jerome Dalbert
      Senior Backend Engineer at StackShare · | 5 upvotes · 10.6K views
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      Rails
      Rails
      Ruby
      Ruby
      Markdown
      Markdown
      #StackDecisionsLaunch

      I needed to make stack decisions accept a subset of Markdown, similarly to sites like Reddit or Stack Overflow.

      I used the redcarpet Ruby gem for parsing, and Rails' sanitize helper made it very easy to only allow certain tags: links, bold, italics, lists, code blocks, paragraphs.

      Problem solved! #StackDecisionsLaunch

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      Visual Studio Code
      Angular 2
      Angular 2
      #Sass
      #HTML
      #Java
      #Typescript

      More than year ago I was looking for the best editor of Angular 2 application and I've tried Visual Studio Code and Atom. Atom had performance issues that put me off completely to use it again. Visual Studio Code became my main editor #Typescript files (and partly editor of #Java files). I'm happy with Visual Studio Code and I've never look back on Atom. There wasn't any reason to try Atom again, because Visual Studio Code fulfills my requirements very well. I use it for editing of TypeScript, #HTML, #Sass, JSON, Docker and Markdown.

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      How developers use Markdown and Stan
      Avatar of StackShare
      StackShare uses MarkdownMarkdown

      We’re using Markdown parsers for Reviews, Blog Posts, and Stack Description (the text you’re reading right now). We’re using Bootstrap Markdown for content input (except for reviews) and RedCarpet for rendering in certain places.

      Avatar of Wing Tang Wong
      Wing Tang Wong uses MarkdownMarkdown

      Markdown represents a highly portable and lightweight text formatting. I had converted all of my Wordpress posts to Markdown prior to migrating over to Jekyll and eventually to Hugo. The fact that many generators support Markdown means that my content remains portable regardless of the platform/engine I use.

      Avatar of Volkan Özçelik
      Volkan Özçelik uses MarkdownMarkdown

      What you see is not what you get, never it is.

      Documentation is better in Markdown format. You don’t need anything special to read it.

      It is compact, portable, comparable.

      Markdown is my text file format of choice.

      Avatar of Jeff Flynn
      Jeff Flynn uses MarkdownMarkdown

      Because it is almost an effortless markup language without ever having to write an HTML tag. Of course, you'll want to use it in environments that make it look pretty (GitHub, etc.)

      Avatar of Roger Salomonsson
      Roger Salomonsson uses MarkdownMarkdown

      Using StackEdit to edit markdown files for blog roll and about sections. MD files are stored in Google Drive and pushed to GH pages through StackEdit.

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