hello, world

Welcome to the first blog post which will cover an almost self-explanatory tool that we use on this site to provide live coding examples. In most of our use cases, this tool will merely save you some copying and pasting but it's been fantastically useful for troubleshooting non-proprietary coding issues with people remotely. And it's far easier than attempting screen sharing or access control.

The topic of the day is replit.
Replit is an in-browser IDE and is free for the majority of things you might want to do with it. If you're not paying, you're the product, but they've taken a little chunk of our heart and we haven't missed it yet.

Of course what we mean is there's a place for tools like this and it's one of the better trade-offs we have found in awhile as the war rages on between privacy and productivity. Replit is an easy way to share some code with someone, let them try it, and manage version control and forking automatically. Highly useful for prototyping, but not a wise idea to put anything super proprietary on a repl. Never put passwords or API keys in a public repl....obviously. But you also want to watch out for anything you're quite attached to from an I.P. perspective. The thing is, replit is a great place to spin up a little instance where you can mess around and learn a new programming language without cluttering up your real computer by installing a bunch of packages you do not know how to use yet. That's a common use for these instances and a multitude of languages are supported. If you would be one of those using replit like we just described for the rest of your life, you're going to get a lot out of it without giving up much at all.

We're not paying anything to host, embed, or allow you to fork this repl below, so go nuts and fork merrily, you can even bombard our server with requests through the in-browser IDE. Check out this page for a repl that demonstrates how to pull data automatically from our API in Python.

But for now, let's assume you're new to this whole computer thing and start with a classic:

Typing the following without the full quotation marks: "print('hello, world')" into a python interpreter and pressing enter will....well, just try it. You can press the green arrow, or click where it says shell. From there you can launch a python interpreter by typing "python" and then you can tell python to print or do prety much anything you'd like.

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