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Simple Online IDE Solution

Published 05/11/2012 and rated Ratingstars5 5 out of 5 stars
by Shel Gatto
What can you use the app for? is an integrated development environment designed for Ruby PHP, Python, CSS, Pearl, JavaScript and HTML projects. The service works through Dropbox, FTP and SFTP. Users can build, edit and publish their work. Autocomplete and real time syntax debugging is included as well as ongoing revision history that lets users revert to previous versions. Users can make changes to multiple websites with The code editor includes undo and redo as well as block tabbing, line numbers, jump to line and syntax highlighting. A find and replace tool is available and can be applied to the current file or all open files. Files can be bookmarked so the user can return to them directly any time. Additional tools include a WYSIWYG design mode, desktop drag and drop and saved password option. screenshot
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What is the history and popularity of the app? was designed to provide an online IDE for developers. Two release channels were introduced in February of 2012 to increase stability. The first was named “Stable” and provided a solid environment. The second, “Dev,” would be stable most of the time and would contain features that would be kept or removed depending on success. So far the service has received positive ratings and reviews from the few users that have posted about it.

What are the differences to other apps? provides a number of convenient features to its users. Many features are similar to those offered by other IDE solutions. The application focuses on user convenience by allowing users to bookmark files. The find and replace feature can be set to the user’s current file only or to function across all open files, which is another nice touch that can save a lot of time.

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How does the web app look and feel to use? users a soft blue color scheme and a basic design that is not terribly remarkable. The user can view clearly marked fields with absolutely no clutter. The interface may seem plain on first glance, but it also gives the user a clean area to work in. There is nothing to get in the user’s way as they develop applications and websites. Visually it is lacking but functionally it works.

How does the registration process work?

A new user can begin by clicking the orange “Get Started” button along the left side of the homepage. The form on the next page includes two buttons, one for Google and one for Facebook. Users who do not wish to connect with an existing account can click the blue “Create an account for free” link above the buttons. The form asks for a first and last name and email address. The user is advised that they will receive an email confirmation. This must be accessed to complete registration.

What does it cost to use the application? offers a free version that includes access to all features. The service made a few changes to its free accounts due to the amount of resources available. Free accounts must manually turn on revision saving. Free users were also reduced from three sites to one. The Premier Edition costs $5 per month and includes SSL security, Dreamweaver import and export, Dreamweaver compatible check in and out, email support, no advertisements and unlimited projects.

Who would you recommend the application to? is ideal for anyone who needs a convenient IDE solution. The service is available for free or at a very affordable monthly price. Users receive access a number of helpful features, including some that can save developers time. has already made some changes, and is poised to continue innovating to offer better services to its current and future users.

  • Bookmark specific files for quick access
  • Work on multiple websites at once
  • Return to previous versions with edit histories
  • Find and replace works across all files
  • Drag and drop files from the desktop video

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