Codio Launches in Public Beta, Setting a New Standard for Collaborative IDEs

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Codio is proud to launch the world’s first web-based front-end IDE that addresses all aspects of the HTML5 development lifecycle from prototype to deployment. Codio is a development platform with the features and power of a desktop IDE but with the simplicity and usability that people have come to expect from modern browser based applications.

Codio IDE in action

The IDE in action

Ultimately, coding should be fun and a happy developer produces happy code!

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Codio today announced its launch in public beta, giving developers of all skill levels access to a powerful, web-based visual IDE for HTML5+CSS+JS development. More than a typical code editor, Codio covers the complete web development cycle, from prototype to deployment. It offers novice developers a barrier free way to learn how to build web applications, but is also targeted very much at professional web developers.

“There is a lot of stuff to install, setup and configure before you can write a single line of code. We feel that there is no good reason for this and even developers, who deal with complexity on a daily basis, don’t like to waste time. Modern web applications have raised expectations significantly with respect to usability and a web based approach to web development opens up lots of exciting new possibilities. Ultimately, coding should be fun and a happy developer produces happy code!” says CEO Freddy May.

The evolution of the web has witnessed paradigm shifts in new web technologies. The demand and popularity of web app development has, consequently, secured HTML5, CSS and JavaScript its place among the most popular development languages. As a large number of modern applications now run in browsers, these technologies have become an integral part of most software development projects.

“By concentrating specifically on HTML5, CSS and JavaScript we can focus on the largest part of the developer ecosystem. This allows us constantly to add significant value that would otherwise not be possible if we were to try to cater for all languages,” says May.     

In the era of the cloud it is logical that web applications should not just run on the web, but also be built on the web. Codio offers developers an efficient, modern, and secure IDE whose code is accessible anywhere online via Codio workspaces and shareable with others in a similar way to Github.

Codio makes getting started very simple by allowing developers to use it without even signing up. It offers a comfortable environment not just for code editing but also deployment, collaboration, Git and Mercurial integration, as well as support for derivative languages such as Coffeescript, SCSS, LESS all without the need to install, configure and maintain hardware and software stacks.

Codio also brings enhanced collaboration to developers. Traditionally, developers collaborate using web based code repositories such as Github and Bitbucket. Codio supports Source Control Management but also adds real time code editing by multiple developers rather like Google Docs. Text chat, voice chat and video are also planned for later this year.

Codio is being aggressively developed and many new features will be appearing on a continuous deployment basis. Some notable features on the horizon are:

  •     Multi-pane code editing
  •     Development, staging, production deployment targets
  •     WYSIWYG GUI editor
  •     Interactive code documentation for teaching
  •     Instant preview
  •     Version control
  •     Node.js support

Codio is expected to come out of Public Beta in middle of 2013.

About Codio:

Codio is a powerful cloud-based visual front-end IDE that covers the complete web development cycle; from prototype to deployment. The cross-platform capability allows developers to build and run HTML5 applications of any size, without the need of setting up servers for development or deployment. With features such as forking, collaboration, importing from Git repos and more, Codio strives to remove as many barriers as possible to create a platform developers will enjoy using as their IDE of choice.

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