Experimenting

This should be a short update. A while back I talked about having a backup in case cloud9 was down or I couldn’t connect to the internet. Those two conditions actually have pretty big implications. If cloud9 is down and I can connect, I’d like to use another cloud or internet based ide so I can work on my chromebook. If I can’t get connected, I think my chromebook becomes an expensive (although not that expensive) paperweight. In that case, I can look at more traditional desktop IDEs.

There are a few big-name choices for working on JavaScript and other web focused programming. Visual Studio, WebStorm and Sublime are the ones that I have the most awareness of. NetBeans and Eclipse are in my peripheral vision and I am sure there is a slew of others. I have installed Visual Studio Community (I think that is how it is identified), but I haven’t done much more than open it yet. Upside, it’s free. Probably a good place to start investigating. However, I chose to take a run at JetBrains offering, WebStorm.

So far I like it. I may even love it, but I am still in the awkward learning-how-to-make-things-go phase. The hints and warnings are a lot more detailed and helpful (bordering on pushy). It plays nicely with GitHub, which isn’t a surprise but is still nice to confirm.  I knew I had some slightly sloppy code and sure enough,WebStorm pointed that out for me and offered to turn some of my lazier declarations into inline declarations. That’s an interesting feeling. I hope it makes me more aware instead of more blasé. I’ll go into more detail later, with before-and-after examples and other hints I have already picked up.

It’s a good product. I am using the 30-day free trial. I’m already tempted to just spend the $49, but I will restrain myself until the trial is up.  It is definitely worth a look.

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