In the web dominated society, the greatest advantage availed by the community of web developers is that they can share and collaborate their code work with the professionals in their circles on social network. In this scenario, if any roadblock occurs in their work can be seen by the professionals around who can make their contribution in debugging. If you want to skip this, then, web-based sandbox tools appear as one of the most sophisticated alternative for this. Sandboxing tools prove immense useful for you when you wish to debug, experiment with, and share short code snippets.
Having seen the importance and significance of web based sandboxing tools, we have gathered here the top most tools for testing and debugging code snippet. Before letting a jump over those tools let us see the common features inhabited by the sandboxing tools.
Although, it is fact that each tool in the list presented below has its own unique and distinguished features that might make one of them more appealing than another, even then we can have a loom over the general features which are inhabited by almost every sandboxing tools: Let’s see:
Simple and optimized for snippets: These tools aren’t meant to be full web-based IDEs/source code editors like the Amy Editor and Kodingen; it is simple and optimized for code snippets.
Web-based: Sandboxing tools can run in almost every browser without having to install any software.
Free: Using these tools carry no charges; one can use these tools without paying a cent, and many are even open source.
Preview pane: These tools allow you to see how your code will render.
Saving capabilities: Most of the sandboxing tools possess the saving capabilities allowing you to download your code and/or save it on-site.
Sharing capabilities: Most of these tools have sharing and collaboration capabilities which let you to share you code with other professionals on social network.
Once taking a glance over the common features possessed by sandboxing tools, let’s look at some top-notch, free sandboxing tools and the unique features inhabited by them. Take a look over these and make a right decision which one is appropriate for you.
CSSDesk is really a remarkable online CSS/HTML sandbox tool which is used for testing snippets of your style sheet and markup. It is really a slick way of testing the code snippets and providing you the option of changing the background of the preview pane, maximizing the screen viewing size of the preview pane by hiding the HTML and CSS code panes and so on and so forth. These will prove helpful for you in the situation when you have a hard time scoping out the outcome of your CSS/HTML work due to low foreground/background contrast or for seeing how your work looks on different types of backgrounds.
Having a slick interface, an auto-updating preview pane and the ability to include open source JS libraries, this sandboxing tool emphasizes on community engagement and collaboration. It is inbuilt with several advanced features that easily give you the opportunity to share your code on your social networks as well as within the site. One of the most remarkable features of this tool is the “Smart phone preview” command that opens a new browser window with the viewport sized equivalently to mobile phones. One thing you should note that for using this tool, you need to sign up and be logged-in.
Tryit Editor Instant
Tryit Editor Instant, as the name signifies, allows you to rapidly test your HTML markup. It is free and no-frills tool having all the features you require for testing code snippets. If any changes are made to the code you are working on; it auto-updates its preview pane. It can be used as a personal tool for testing code snippets as it doesn’t have any saving and collaboration features.
Who is unaware of the name and fame tool PractiCode online code editor; it is a remarkable tool for practicing and testing code snippets and is a supplementary to Landofcode.com’s educational web design materials. This online tool can render HTML, CSS and VBScript making you easy to test you coding part.
Google Code Playground
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