- No need to switch tabs or open an IDE, improving productivity.
- Can see live updates directly into your browser, making experimentation fun and easy.
- Debugging also becomes easier due to the live updates.
- Can also code in different languages such as HTML or CSS, enabling you to do complete projects within the browser.
Other powerful feature is collaboration and is powered by TogetherJS. With collaboration, you can call up your buddy and solve a complex problem. You can also share the link publicly so that others can join and collaborate with your project.
The project can be saved or forked. The URL generated by saving the project is unique and can be used in many different ways.
JSFiddle also comes with JSHint to clean and verify your code.
Overall, CodePen is amazing and the option to see other work will make you a better Web developer.
I have used Cloud9 in the earlier days, but now it have evolved into a full-blown online environment. Cloud 9 have one thing that makes it so much wantable compared to other options, the collaboration option.
Apart from collaboration, it offers support for different programming languages and environments. The most popular ones are Ruby on Rails, WordPress, Django, Nodejs and others.
Each account gets a ubuntu mounted in the cloud with full privileges. Using resources are limited and if you need more resources, you can just jump into the paid version of the service. I found it very useful and also learned PHP with my girlfriend. The collaboration really helps the team to leverage the benefits even when they are not in the same room.
Application Craft is one the best online editors for coding in general. The service is not free, but you will get a 45-day long free trail. And after that you need to just pay $14 per month.
The editor is rich in feature and can be used to deploy a complete application. The application developed using service is completely cross-platform. The service is also great at developing prototypes. Overall, a great option.
The platform also enables developers to use docket, WordPress, Android HTML5 App and so much with investing a single penny!
The cloud-based platform is great for developers as the a complete virtual machine is allocated for the use of the platform.
Compilr is one of the best online editors I have come across. The service is run by lynda.com and acts an initiative to their amazing courses that they provide.
The website runs on cross-browser and has an intuitive interface.
Nitrous is one of my favorite cloud platform coding platforms. Similar to koding, it offers you a complete virtual machine with Ram and hard disk space. You can choose to work with different programming languages and platform.
My experience with Nitrous has been great. The collaboration part could have better. Also, you will be limited to some extent. The Nitrous Pro acts as the right choice for the experienced ones.
Nitrous also offers a desktop application which can be used in collaboration with your favorite desktop editor and it is regularly synced with the cloud offered by Nitrous.
You can also save and export all your work to your desktop or any other place. A great place for small experimentation.
With live updates, you can easily experiment with the tool.
CodeEnvy comes in both free and paid versions. The paid versions all depends on the resources you are going to gobble during your usage.
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