I’ve thought for a long time about the possibility of being able to do all of my programming in my browser. It feels partly impractical but partly like a really neat idea. Imagine being able to hack together some code from anywhere, with or without your own computer. Here in the past couple of months, though, that idea has become a bit more of a reality. I’ve come across two projects lately that are implementing browser based editors, both based on Ajax.org’s Ace, formerly known as Mozilla Bespin.
SourceKit is a Chrome app that allows users to edit source code files from their DropBox account. The editor doesn’t have that many features but still, in a pinch, it’s a really great way to edit a file. I especially noticed missing setting soft tabs and setting my tab width. I like that it makes your DropBox files available for editing, because I keep my personal projects in my DropBox for a little extra backup.
What These Tools Need
How do you think these tools will get around these issues? Can you see yourself editing code and markup in your browser?