Develop Your Own Web Apps With A Free Online IDE

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If you've ever looked into the idea of developing your own web-based applications, you'll know that the key technologies you need to learn are HTML, CSS and Javascript.  HTML lets you create the contents of your pages and CSS lets you apply the required formatting.  Javascript programs then allow you to manipulate that content to create animations and do all sorts of clever stuff.

To make Javascript development easier and faster, there are some well-known free frameworks such as jQuery and Angular.  These allow you to create impressive graphical effects, or all the elements of a neat user interface, with just a handful of lines of code.

So now, all you need is a nice development environment in which to start experimenting.  You'll probably want one which splits your screen into 4 panes, to show the HTML code, the CSS, the Javascript, and the output window.  Yup, that would be nice.  But does such a thing exist and, if so, what does it cost?

Here's the good news.  Such a thing exists, and it's incredibly easy to use.  And it's completely free.  And it works online in your browser, so there's nothing to download or install.  Just head to JS Fiddle, as it's called, and start experimenting. And with a single click you can load in, and start to use immediately, all of the well-known free Javascript frameworks like Angular, Knockout, jQuery and more.

For example, try surfing to http://jsfiddle.net/rniemeyer/LkqTU/ and you'll see the example below.  Adjust any of the code you like, click the Run button, and see the results instantly.

For something more graphical, try http://jsfiddle.net/zalun/FZqZN/ and move your mouse over the output window while the program is running.  Also try http://jsfiddle.net/pyrliu/JPEEv/2/ for some great examples of animations and charts.

Search in Google for jsfiddle examples and you'll find loads more.  Then you're ready to start work on your own masterpiece of programming.

 

 

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