Sometimes in combinatoric programming it is helpful to explain the meaning of certain threshold values in code blocks. Example:

if x > 20 # combi(20,4) == 4845 is too large
    continue the computation

Is there a way to compute and expand this 4845 part in org-mode's code blocks?

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I am not sure about doing it directly in the org file.

What can be done is using C-c ' which is M-x org-edit-special

from the doc:

(org-edit-special &optional ARG)

Call a special editor for the element at point.
When at a table, call the formula editor with ‘org-table-edit- 
When in a source code block, call ‘org-edit-src-code’.
When in a fixed-width region, call ‘org-edit-fixed-width-region’.
When in an export block, call ‘org-edit-export-block’.
When in a LaTeX environment, call ‘org-edit-latex-environment’.
When at an #+INCLUDE keyword, visit the included file.
When at a footnote reference, call ‘org-edit-footnote-reference’
On a link, call ‘ffap’ to visit the link at point.
Otherwise, return a user error.

in Clojure for example using cider you can evaluate any line or part or region into a comment using 'eval-last-sexp-and-insert' as well as other functions.

In elisp lisp-interaction-mode you can evaluate-and-print.

there's something similar in lpy for Python. So it basically depends on the editing-mode which can also be configured in .emacs, for example cider for Clojure will be:

(setq org-babel-clojure-backend 'cider)
  • I see. So the steps are:1. C-c ' and enter into the narrowed buffer with the major mode, 2. do mode-specific expansion in the buffer.
    – mnish
    Jun 14, 2018 at 16:43
  • and finish with C-c ' to go back to org mode and save there (.. or also C-c C-s in that editing buffer for save) Jun 14, 2018 at 20:00

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