5 best online front-end web development playgrounds and communities to test code snippets on-the-fly
As much as I love offline web development editors and IDEs, I hate the inconveniences which come with having to edit code, then open a browser to test changes. Even when a browser tab with the test file is open, you constantly have to jump from editor to browser and refresh the tab before any changes will show in the output. I have the preference of working on sites where the output is shown in real-time.
As soon as the code is written, the test-ready output is delivered within seconds. Conveniently, editable code and testable output are shown side-by-side. Another joy of these online playgrounds is the huge community of web designers and developers publishing code snippets for the world to take a look at.
Plunker is the best tool to prototype, experiment, share and debug your ideas on the web platform. From idea to implementation, Plunker helps you build something quickly and frictionlessly. It’s multi-file, the multi-pane editor gives you a full file tree where you can drag and drop your files, images and even animated gifs right into the workbench and rearrange or resize your panes as you wish. When it takes a fraction of a second to see the outcome of a change, you can get things done. Fix bugs and tweak the styles easily. What you see on Plunker’s real-time previews is what you would get if your code was served directly from a CDN.
With Plunker, you never lose your work. Not when it keeps track of your most recent work and keep a copy of all of your unsaved code. Every project on Plunker is indexed and searchable, so you can search and find whatever you need, whenever you need it. At your heart’s content, you can fork other users’ ‘plunks’ and use them as a template for your project. Plunker’s console is impressive and provides a huge help in the debugging process.