The top 20 online coding tools

The open source movement is founded on collaboration, on sharing, and the free exchange of ideas. All of these cry out for an open forum in which to flourish – or an arena in which to evolve, depending on how you want to look at it.

Well, it's taken a while, but the web has finally caught up with the ambitions and needs of those doing the work, providing somewhere to actually experiment communally, to crowd-debug, or even just to show off.

In fact, we're in the early stages of an overshoot. New online code sharing sites, debugging tools and even fully fledged IDEs are appearing every day. And some of them are amazing. Frontend developers in particular are spoiled for choice.

Until fairly recently, the idea of actually doing development work online would have been difficult at best. From now on it might be the most sensible approach. The effect that has on the kind of web we build from here on out could be tectonic.

1. Koding (public beta)

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