December 4, 2013

Koding – Development In the Cloud

The team behind Koding is hoping to change the way developers work. The web-based platform brings software development into the cloud and turns it into a completely social experience. Suddenly, a developer sitting alone at an office in Des Moines could be benefitting from the knowledge shared by hundreds of experienced programmers located around the world.

Koding eliminates friction for developers, making it possible for you to spend more time writing code and less time handling mundane tasks like setting up domains. Sign up for the program through email or GitHub, and you can immediately start programming remotely in a number of languages. Koding makes it easy to program in your browser, without having to download any software. Test and iterate on your code, clone git repos, and share your projects with anyone you wish. Koding functions as a cloud-based localhost, and allows full software development in Python, Java, Perl, Node.js, Ruby, C++ and Go.

Socialization is another important element in Koding’s platform. Get to know other programmers from around the world. Once you’ve established a relationship, you may even feel comfortable authorizing the programmers you’ve met online to work on your products. Meeting people through Koding is just as easy as through any other social media platform, but the rewards—connecting with a source of professional knowledge and, potentially, a project collaborator—can be far greater.

Practical Uses:

  • Work on software development projects in your browser
  • Meet other programmers working in your industry
  • Ask the Koding community for help learning a new scripting language
  • Using Koding as your localhost

Insider Tips:

  • Post status updates in your activity feed
  • Create groups inside Koding and upload information for students to access
  • Groups can be made public or private
  • Let Koding handle tasks like setting up domains
  • Configure web servers using Koding’s tools

What we liked:

  • Koding is a great place for programmers to share resources with peers
  • Companies can rely on the information they’ve added to Koding to get new employees up to speed
  • Koding allows for full software development inside the browser
  • Users can build their own apps in Koding

What we didn’t like:

  • Nothing


Company Info:

  • Launched: January 2012 (Private Beta)
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: San Francisco, California
  • Founded by: Devrim Yasar
  • Web site:


  • Free


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