Thank you for all of your work on dabblet, it instantly became my fav tool for quick testing.
almost 2 years ago
Lea, you've got to turn this into the next level desktop application for the front end developer. Quick testing is just one tenth of the potential of what you're doing, I want this for every single line of front end code that I write.
If you build a JS based application for desktops, like Wunderlist, you can also keep it multiplatform with very low efforts. C'mon...
The problem with that is that regular code (not just quick testing) can be quite huge, thousands of lines. So, performance concerns chime in, and you can't do things that are easy when you're dealing with a hundred lines at most. Your code also becomes huge, just to avoid lagging too much. Every web-based IDE (Bespin, Cloud9 etc) comes with a tremendous amount of code and research going into performance. It would completely take the fun out of it. :(
What side of the app do you think would suffer of performance issues? The simple code rendering, the live preview or the tooltips? I think that even w/ only code+tooltips it would be awesome, but it's more about making a tool that really suits frontenders' needs and have a fresh approach on everything.
My hopes are all for Coda 2, but I really fear it will delude.
The code rendering. Basically the code gets re-highlighted on every keystroke, so I'd assume it would get slow on large files.
That said, I might consider integration with git repositories, so it would be easier to work on real files, for anyone that wants to.
Highlighting only at opening and on line's modification could be a workaround, at least I guess. Anyway, this is something I would pay really much for: a desktop application for web frontenders :)
Of course it only highlights when the text is actually modified (with some false positives to avoid true negatives), but still.
Anyway, lets see how it evolves. Apps have a life of their own. They take you to the path they choose, not the other way around :)
this is so nice, love it ;)
This is amazing! What a great concept.
over 1 year ago
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