Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

EtherPad: Collab your script

Category: Utility

Aaron Iba of AppJet has announced EtherPad a very cool product that is near and dear to Ben and I as we play with dev tools on the Web. I will let Aaron talk about it in his words:

It’s a realtime collaborative text editor that runs in a web browser
(IE6+, FF1.5+, Safari 3+). It’s implemented entirely in JavaScript
(server, client, and database), which I think speaks to the power of
JavaScript as a language.

It’s great for anyone who wants to collaborate on a text document, but
especially great for JavaScrpt programmers to collaborate because it
supports realtime text highlighting of JavaScript source code. (To
enable this feature, click on the checkbox under “options” on the
right side of the screen).

In addition to being a cool product on its own, EtherPad is also the
first product built and hosted on the AppJet Web Platform. The AppJet
Web Platform is like a “grownup” version of the current appjet. It
will feature a JavaScript framework for writing client and server code
(think “JavaScript on Jets”), an in-memory database of JavaScript
objects, and utility hosting on our grid.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:01 am

4.2 rating from 27 votes


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Looks like they’ve just pulled the site. I looked at it once and thought “wow, this is cool, I’ll share with some people” and by the time they followed the link I sent them they just got a message saying:
“EtherPad launches at 7AM PST
Please check back then.”

It looks like it could be an amazingly useful tool though from the brief play I got to have with it.

Comment by lennym — November 19, 2008

Don’t worry, the site will be up soon! We planned the EtherPad launch for 7am PST, and we’re still running the final tests. This post seems to have jumped the gun a little due to a time zone misunderstanding.

Comment by aaroniba — November 19, 2008

Sounds like a cool feature.
I’ll probably be using this a lot next year in my classes.

Since it’s any text, it can be used for other languages as well.

Be it Javascript, C#, HTML, Java, Python,…
A cool feauture would be if this could somehow be turned into a plugin for an IM. You could purposly keep it away from MSN and put it to Pidgin(for instance, there are many other good freeware IM’s)

Comment by Vordreller — November 19, 2008

Sorry for double-posting, but it’s up now and it looks great. I’m going to try and get a few people togheter and do a nice testrun

Comment by Vordreller — November 19, 2008

This seems exactly like it, real-time, javascript, syntax-highlighting, etc. Only that the server is made in PHP and MySQL.

Comment by antimatter15 — November 19, 2008

He has a pastebin thing based on that

Comment by antimatter15 — November 19, 2008

Nice but if you need more than a collaborative editor, watch this video

Comment by hichamm — November 20, 2008

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