Best Online IDEs

With the ever-growing popularity of cloud-based computing, it doesn’t come as a surprise that more and more open source online IDEs are being developed. Although majority of them are still in beta, some already provide much functionality which you’d have found in traditional, desktop IDEs.

Best Online IDEs – No. 1

Cloud9 is built on Standard HTML, JavaScript and CSS. That means that you can run, debug and test your code from any computer in the world. All you need is a modern browser and you are ready to go.

Cloud9 has all the advanced editing features you would expect from a professional editor. It includes syntax support for the most popular programming languages. Within an organizational context you can add and remove people to work together simultaneously on the same project with full read & write access.

Cloud9 parses and analyzes your code in the background and points out any errors in your code before you even execute it, saving you from wasting time in extra debugging.

Best Online IDEs – No. 2

CodeRun Studio is a cross-platform Integrated Development Environment (IDE), designed for the cloud. It enables you to easily develop, debug and deploy web applications using your browser.

CodeRun Studio can be used instead or alongside your existing desktop IDE. You can upload existing code in order to test it in the cloud or for sharing with your peers. CodeRun Studio also enables you to instantly compile, package and deploy your code to the CodeRun Cloud.

CodeRun features native support for C#/.NET (3.5), PHP (5.1), JavaScript, HTML and CSS. C# support includes ASP.NET, WCF, Silverlight and WPF browser application development and deployment. Database support includes SQL Server 2005 and Amazon SimpleDB. This means you do not have to learn anything new in order to begin working with CodeRun.

If you choose to, you can easily share your code with your fellow developers. When you share code with CodeRun, your project is assigned with a unique URL that you can send to others. Anyone who navigates to your link receives a separate, fully modifiable and runnable version of your code.

Best Online IDEs – No. 3

Really nice interface and lots of functionalities. There isn’t much you can’t do in Kodingen. I really like this one, make sure you check it out.

Best Online IDEs – No. 4

ShiftEdit is another ‘well made’ IDE for developing PHP, Ruby, Python, Perl, Java, HTML, CSS and JavaScript through FTP, SFTP and Dropbox. You can manage multiple sites within ShiftEdit. All your sites are stored and will be there for you next time you log in. Find and replace works across current or all open files. You can do text searches or regular expression searches.

There is a built-in FTP explorer which support FTP and SFTP. You can create/ rename/ delete files and folders. You can also set file permissions. File revisions are stored whenever you save a file. You can then look back through past revisions and view a diff comparison. You can then restore to an earlier version. Very useful if you or a colleague breaks something!

Best Online IDEs – No. 5

Orion is a new Eclipse initiative to define a platform for building and integrating web development tools. An early release of Orion provides web developers with an editor for JavaScript, HTML and CSS that runs in popular browsers and the ability to easily link with popular web-based tools. The OrionHub service provided by the Eclipse Foundation will allow developers to experiment with Orion and provide feedback to the Orion open source community.

A very fast, scalable and responsive editor for JavaScript, HTML and CSS development.

A new client-side plugin architecture, using HTML5, that allows tools written in JavaScript to be integrated into the Orion client. Examples of existing integrations include JSLint and jsbeautify.

Orion is supported in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox 3.6 & 4.0, Microsoft IE 8 & 9 and Safari 5. The Orion client is written in JavaScript and provides full integration with browser capabilities such as tabs, bookmarks, url sharing, etc.

Initial integration with git provides local history for Orion projects. A new git comparison tools allows for easy identification of changes. Future support for git commands (fetch, tag, logo) will be added.

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