Typing in Brackets in the Cloud. Sublime.
It is great to see the innovation in editors. Of course, we are biased. One of the reasons we did Bespin back in the day was to explore new ways to collaborate on software. We didn’t want to build “Eclipse on the Web” but rather build something different. Something that fit on the Web and could be a companion, another tool.
Today we see two new releases in the Web based editor space that make me smile.
Cloud9 IDE launches with a couple of very important features. The biggest one is collaboration:
You can now collaborate on your code with real-time co-editing and embedded chat. Pair programming, code reviews, going to a conference and teaching a group of students the art of programming – everything about the way we code together will never be the same again.
Adobe Brackets has a fantastic UI and focuses more on the designer world. The world of the live preview. It is also satisfying to see Adobe take this on, and the manner of which they are doing so (in the open), especially given some chats that we had in the Bespin days :)
- Tools shouldn’t get in your way. Instead of cluttering up your coding environment with lots of panels and icons, the Quick Edit UI in Brackets puts context-specific code and tools inline.
- Brackets is in sync with your browser. With Live Development, Brackets works directly with your browser to push code edits instantly, set breakpoints, and jump back and forth between your real source code and the browser view.
But Web based coding tools aren’t the only ones that are innovating. Sublime Text 2 is moving fast and where I used to see Textmate, I now see Sublime.