Ian Bicking: the old part of his blog

Re: A Browser IDE

I believe that a built in browser development environment could work for certain scenarios, and it has been a blue sky thought experiment of mine since around 2001 when I started hacking XUL. The textarea in a browser doesn't _have_ to be that bad. It's all about how much effort you're willing to put into javascript hacking.

Comment on A Browser IDE
by Karl Guertin


Having programmed in textareas for a while, it's really quite bad. Yes, you can implement search and replace, and you can do auto-saving, and in-place saves instead of resubmitting, and several other improvements. But I just can't imagine it being good for editing. For mere entry -- like what you might do at the interactive prompt -- it's redeamable.

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