First of the two posts I mentioned last time: a review of Koding, the cloud service + Chrome app. What is it? The short answer is that it’s an IDE. But that really doesn’t do this thing justice at all. You can’t actually do anything offline, really, besides fiddle with some very basic settings. That’s because you don’t work on files locally, you spin up a VM (hosted on Amazon) and the IDE connects directly to it for file editing, terminal, etc. All VMs also come with a public URL for you to plug into any browser to run your app if it has a web interface. Who is it for?…
So a lot of things use Node.js now, and it’s easy to understand why. Node and npm offer an easy way to develop and distribute command-line applications and tools, as well as real-time web apps with push capability. For the redesign we’re doing at work it was decided we’d use the LESS version of Bootstrap because of its great browser compatibility and responsive framework. I’ve used Bootstrap before, but only the pre-compiled version, and I’ve never used a CSS preprocessor before either. Bootstrap recommend using Grunt via Node to build the LESS source so I figured I’d just set that up so I can follow the official guides and support…
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