7 Collaborative Coding Tools

December 4,2020 - 5 min read
7 collaborative coding tools

A miniscule virus has been roaming around, entering human bodies and causing distress because it has brought upon drastic changes in the way we lived. COVID-19 is on a voyage that is not yet over and hence it continues to force us to look at alternative ways to live and make a living. One of the biggest transformations of 2020 is ‘Work from Home’.

Almost every industry is disrupted by the impact of corona virus, however, in today’s blog we are going to explore the impact of COVID on the IT industry. The programing industry has not been isolated from the virus and there are more than a couple of changes that IT professionals especially programmers and developers had to go through. After all, it was the developers who kept you entertained even in the midst of a humanitarian crisis.

The coding industry was both positively and adversely affected by the pandemic depending on the type of company and the quality and efficiency of workers working in it. COVID brought a lot of unwanted disruptions, however, it is important to scrape out the positivity amongst the negativity.

There have been countless changes in coding and developing processes and practices. Developers have taken help of collaborative coding tools to make a smooth transformation in the midst of a global lockdown. Collaborative coding tools are enabling developers to work efficiently even in remote locations. While there are a lot of technologies and applications that are helping people to work from home, collaborative coding tools remain the most popular amongst coders.

While there has been a rise in the number of collaborative coding tools post the pandemic, it is not easy to choose the best one for you and your team. It is important that teams choose the best collaborative coding tool in order to make projects, take team meetings and deliver products like before or maybe even more efficiently. In order to help you choose the best, in today’s blog, we would discuss the 7 most popular collaborative coding tools. Let’s get started!

Collaborative Coding Tools

  1. Visual Studio Live Share

    Visual Studio Live Share enables you to work and collaborate efficiently. With this collaborative tool, you can edit and debug with your co-workers in real time without having to clone or set up their own environment. Getting into the details, with visual studio live share, you can set breakpoints and code together live and view the databases without exposing the ports to the internet. All you have to do is share a terminal so they can run any command and tasks with streamed output to the members of your team. All members can also communicate via the in-program voice tool while coding.

    Using Visual Studio Live Share is not a very difficult task. You have to install the extension and sign in with a Microsoft or GitHub account and then enjoy collaborative working after the host sends a link that allows you to load the editor with a Live Share session and access all the files in the project from the file pane.

  2. Codeanywhere

    Codeanywhere is a browser-based collaborative coding tool that provides a development environment to help you code from any device. It includes features like an editor, terminal, revision tracking, and the like. Codeanywhere basically focuses on seamless collaboration. For example: instead of creating a zip file of your project, you can generate a link instantly to share it with others. With Codeanywhere you can live pair programming with no limit on the number of collaborators. The cost of Codeanywhere is anywhere from $2.50/month to $40/month. It basically depends on plan tier and billing frequency.

  3. Remote Collab

    Remote Collab is basically a plugin for SublimeText. It is again used for remote collaborative programming as it allows multiple members to work together on the same project in real-time. It has an easy interface and one can use it without much hassles. All you need to do is open the file you wish to edit and collaborate with other and then open the Command Palette using menu items and click on Remote and Host Session. The next step is to give your IP address to the colleague you want to work with who is currently on a remote location. Now you are connected and ready to work on a project collaboratively. If you are not the host and you want to connect to a meeting, all you need to do is open the Command Palette using Sublime’s menu items And Choose Remote: Connect to Session and Enter the IP address of the host whose session you wish to connect to. You are all set to collaborate with and curate projects even in remote locations.

  4. CodePen

    CodePen is probably the most popular collaborative coding tools among web developers and especially front- end web developers. There is also a “Collab Mode,” in which multiple users can edit and modify a single Pen at the same time. However, this feature is only accessible to paid users and the number of collaborators also vary with each plan. It ranges from two collaborators for 8 USD per month to 10 collaborators for 26 USD per month.

    In the Collab Mode, users will be able to join the work as collaborators with a collab URL. The environment has a chat feature to provide better communication between collaborators. Overall, CodePen is an excellent collaborative tool to work especially for simple scenarios like demos and prototypes.

  5. Teletype

    Teletype is a free and open source package for collaborative coding tool created specifically for Atom. The teletype package can be installed using the terminal. The command is apm install teletype. Teletype can also be installed from your package manager. Once Teletype is installed, Click the antenna icon in the Atom status bar located, Choose Teletype from Atom’s package menu and then select share portal. In order to collaborate with other workers, copy the Portal ID provided in your editor window and share that ID with others. After connecting to your portal through that id, collaborators see a tab in their workspace so that they can view and edit the project contents of the active editor. Everyone works with their own cursor and can also type at the same time, however, only the host can save the final project. Teletype has also taken care of privacy, the shared data on Teletype flows over an encrypted peer-to-peer connection and hence even the servers never see your files or edits. Hence, it maintains privacy and also minimizes latency between you and your collaborators.

  6. AWS Cloud9

    AWS Cloud9 is a third-party collaborative coding tool acquired by Amazon. It provides an in-browser development environment that supports nearly 40 programming languages. With AWS Cloud9, multiple developers can collaborate on the same cloud-hosted project in real time. AWS Cloud9 allows coders to keep a watch on each other’s typing and chat in a pane simultaneously within the IDE. AWS Cloud9 is perfect for a corporate environment, it has certain features like the project admins can grant read or write or read-only permissions to collaborators.

  7. CodeTogether

    A new contender to enable remote and collaborative pair programming, CodeTogether is an efficient collaborative coding tool. CodeTogether is appealing because it is available for Eclipse, VS Code, and IntelliJ-based IDEs. It is browser-based editor and works for a solid cross-section of users. With CodeTogether, users can work on their own tasks independently, search across all shared projects and move upon freely. CodeTogether offers collaborative flexibility and hence it looks like the best option for many real-world teams in the IT industry.

    CodeTogether has a free plan which permits one-on-one sessions for 45 minutes at a time, while for users paying $8, it allows up to 16 participants without any session time limits. However, there are some CodeTogether features that are free during the COVID-19 pandemic and hence you can avail these benefits until the real prices kick in.

With this we come to an end of our list of 7 collaborative coding tools that are popularly being used by programmers across the globe so that they can continue to develop competitive technologies. These tools have become all the more popular in the pandemic and rightly so because it forced everyone to work from home.

These collaborative tools are on of the major reasons why technology has been on a boom. While a lot of professionals from other industries experienced great difficulties in bringing office to homes but for programmers it was not that tough. Coders were able to work efficiently and collaborate with their team members to develop, work on projects and deliver applications that made a difference in the lives of people in the midst of the pandemic. We hope you use some of these tools and race ahead as a developer even in the world of technology even in this crisis.

We have put earnest efforts in curating a list of seven collaborative coding tools, however, if you feel that we missed some important tool or placed an outdated, inefficient tool in the list, we would love to hear from you. Also, if you have used some of the tools we mentioned, do tell us your experience. We look forward to create a community of enthusiastic developers and indulge in constructive discussions on varied topics from the world of technology.

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