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Nicholas Dixon
Nicholas Dixon
9,514 Points

Is the Code Pen Service worth it?

Hi I use Sublime Text 3 as my editor, but I have heard references to Code Pen a number of times.

I am wondering if the services at the following URL are worth it https://codepen.io/signup

I am looking at the Pro package, does it have any advantages over Sublime Text?

3 Answers

I find code pen useful for when I want to show others my code. It does a great job at showing you live code edits. And if your working with a team they can jump on and make edits as well seemlesly.

Another way you can do this is by using a live server with sublime text to get live edits while you are coding. And combined with github you can share your work with other team members. All of this can be done with sublime aswell. You are really paying for the storage and the ability to use it to teach other students or to have seemless code editing by other members. In most job related tasks I feel like sublime and GitHub are the professional and preferred way to go.

Nicholas Dixon
Nicholas Dixon
9,514 Points

Sorry I have another question from that reply. Whilst I am learning and if I need help from the Tree house forum, would a Code Pen free account allow me to post the Web page code for a CSS formatting issue and get help from the Tree house forum or would I need a paid account with Code Pen? or would Git Hub just be as easy to share the code in this instance too? Which would be best for using to get help from the Tree house forum?

Just to be a little clearer Git and GitHub work best for showcasing and having other team members add to your code. It would work for this instance but it would require everyone to go to another site too look at your work and depending if they are on a mobile phone like i am many times it would be harder to read your code. GitHub and git are a must use when trying to showcase your portfolio and when working woth other team members.

Your best bet would be codepen I used to use their free account when I first started treehouse almost a year ago. It would let me show my code to people on the forum it still requires you to leave the treehouse site but it works well even in mobile devices. Codepen really is useful specially when you have a lot of code and coping and pasting would be a hassle.

If you are just starting out workspace works pretty well it's extreamly easy to use and because it was made to easily use with treehouse it simple to post a workspace "snapshot" we're everyone would be able to see all your files saved on workspace which makes it easy to find issue with your code. Something to point out workspaces is a little glitchy and some people loose their work on it at times. Something to consider as its still on its early stages.

Ted McCarthy
Ted McCarthy
488 Points

Personally, I much prefer sublime text (even though I don't have that much experience with codepen) due to how nice it looks, and how easy and helpful it is to use. Codepen in my mind is only worth it if you are going to be working with multiple people (or showing them your code) extremely frequently. If it's only once in a while, as Jovanny said, you can just use a live server or github.

Good point. I forgot to mention how great sublime text is it out performs all editors out their(in my opinion). Can't go wrong with it. The only way go show your code on the forum would be github or pasting it in. which many people do and I have not found it to be annoying or hard to read but codepen does make everything simple to read. It's all a matter of preference no matter which editor you choice as long as you learn the shortcuts and everything their is to know about it to make you faster and more productive it really does not matter on what you pick.