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Open Source Raspberry Pi WebIDE Alpha Released 26

Posted by Soulskill
from the because-why-not dept.
ptorrone writes "Adafruit, the NYC based open-source hardware company led by Ladyada released their open-source Raspberry Pi WebIDE alpha today. Its goal is to be 'The easiest way to develop code on your Raspberry Pi.' To get up and running head on over to learn.adafruit.com/webide and follow the installation and setup instructions. It uses Bitbucket, and any code changes you make will be synced to your Bitbucket account. Adafruit chose Bitbucket over GitHub because they offer free secure accounts, which is very important for a Web-based IDE."
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Open Source Raspberry Pi WebIDE Alpha Released

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  • learn.adafruit.com/webide link is broke and goes to earn.adafruit.com/webide
    • by Anonymous Coward
      Fuck. How am I going to get there without a working link? If only there were some way I could manually input the URL to the browser, if someone let me know what it was.
      • You're right, shame on the GP to comment on a broken link in a Slashdot summary. Such mistakes should be routinely ignored so that none may share in the hidden bounty to be found at the other end of the link. In fact, let's just do away with the <a...> tag throughout the WWW. I mean, it's not like it was ever intended to serve up some kind of "hypertext" where you could just click a conveniently highlighted piece of text and expect to be transferred to another page for more information. That's be nut [wikipedia.org]
      • by citizenr (871508)

        Use your mouse to highlight correct web address, press right mouse button and select "google it". Thats what my mum does.

    • by Chemisor (97276)

      I guess you have to earn the right to learn...

  • by Anonymous Coward

    .. and it's still stupid.

    Requiring a more expensive host in order to develop for a cheap device that's intended to be self-hosted is in no possible way The easiest way to develop code on your Raspberry Pi."

    The BBC Micro didn't require a mainframe to make hello-world, and neither does the RP. The notion is ridiculous and there is absolutely no practical use for this.

    • If you're on slashdot, you have a "more expensive host". Hell, if you have a smart phone, you have "a more expensive host". It's a freaking 30$ computer. Get over it. Yes, you can develop on it directly if you want. For the rest of us, there's this beautiful web based IDE.
    • by coop0030 (263345) on Friday October 05, 2012 @05:49PM (#41564117) Homepage

      This kind of response was certainly expected, thank you for the feedback though!

      We built this because we thought that we could help people start quickly to get up and running with programs to blink LED's with their Raspberry Pi, or read temperatures with sensors attached to the GPIO pins (oh, and learn a little python, ruby or what have you, in the process!). We want it to be the easiest editing environment to use and setup on the Raspberry PI (low barrier to entry). We haven't built the guided experience yet, but you can kind of see which area of programming we're focusing on by looking at the following github repository:
      https://github.com/adafruit/Adafruit-Raspberry-Pi-Python-Code [github.com]

      Also, you have to start somewhere with someone just starting out in this quite complex, and layered environment. What better way than to have an editor that is pre-loaded with some basic scripts that will blink an LED, or read temperature and humidity off a sensor breakout, on their Raspberry Pi with little effort in an environment they're already comfortable with (a browser)?

      Sure, they could start by first learning basic unix command line, then their editor of choice, and git, and python, and then interfacing with the RPi's GPIO pins, and on and on. We're just trying to remove some of these barriers.

      An expert developer with loads of experience may not need this editor (but it is pretty convenient to just plug the pi into an ethernet port, and start hacking away in your browser...). But for someone that isn't sure how to navigate directories in a command line environment...well, this might help them out a bit (we even include a pretty powerful terminal emulator that may help them learn this!).

      We're hoping to keep adding more advanced features as we go. We're releasing quite early in order to gather feedback to make it better suited for more people earlier in the process.

  • Heard about it.
    Sounded interesting.
    Signed up for news.
    Waited - it was like a year late.
    Tried to order.
    Sold out within seconds.
    Signed up for the next batch.
    Heard nothing.
    Apparently you still can't just surf up, order and get one a few days later.

    And yet, you can hardly move without Slashdot or Hackaday posting this or that insignificant story about them. I don't get it. If you want to learn to code, buy a computer. Get a second hand laptop or something. With this little crappy circuit board you have to t

    • by drinkypoo (153816)

      You can get it in under a couple weeks through element14. They will happily lie to you about stock, though.

      If you don't want to run Debian or Raspbmc (which jumps right into XBMC) then don't bother. If you do, it's still a good value as long as 256MB is enough

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