I recently had purchased a Google Chromebook, so my options were kind of limited when it came to website development on it... Oh how I couldn't be more wrong. Codeanywhere is an online code editor that comes packed with tons of goodies, including FTP accessibility, syntax highlighter, and much more.
To start, here is a quote taken straight from their home page:
We all want everything here, now, fast and with no hassle (no need to install anything). This is what Codeanywhere does, it lets you code from anywhere, without the need to bring anything along with you. Just log on to Codeanywhere with any computer or smartphone, and all your servers (FTP, SFTP and Dropbox), files, everything is waiting for you, even the files you left open will be open when you login again.
They do a very good job at making their service sound good, as well delivering the performance they promise.
Codeanywhere lets you code in the browser, from anywhere, using any device, or browser. While I was using Codeanywhere I had the impression as if I was using a code editor similar to SublimeText. The code editor has loads of features that you would find in any modern code editor. Below are some of those features.
- Syntax Highlighting
- Code Folding
- Word Wrapping
- Smart Indentation
Codeanywhere allows you to do some other things as well, such as setting up an FTP Server in which you may connect to and transfer files/folders/etc.
Codeanywhere offers a free plan to get you going on their service, which, in my opinion, is good for coding anywhere, especially if you are not on your main machine or if you would prefer to move your development to the cloud.
I personally think Codeanywhere, given that it utilizes the most key components of a text editor, would be a great solution, and would allow us to take a step back from the normal executable code editors. I purchased a Chromebook because I want to begin building on the cloud... Codeanywhere gives me that opportunity.
Check out Codeanywhere and their free plan at codeanywhere.net.
What do you think about Codeanywhere? Do you use a different online code editor? Share your thoughts in the comments below.