CodeSandbox announced raising $2.4 million dollars today, led by Kleiner Perkins. This is exciting news for the future of a tool that’s incredibly useful for sharing interactive bug reproductions and examples for several types of JS projects! We discussed CodeSandbox with Co-founder, Ives Van Hoorne, on JS Party #51.
In this episode, Nick talks with Ives van Hoorne about his project CodeSandbox. They chat about Ives deciding to work on it full-time, how CodeSandbox is built, some of its best features, and what lies ahead.
CodeSandbox Containers was just announced by Ives van Hoorne on Hacker Noon.
But you gotta use it so they can test things and get it right.
We can only test CodeSandbox Containers fully when we have other people using it. … Please don’t use it for any project with files you don’t want publicly exposed. There’s also the chance that the service might be down because of things that we haven’t foreseen yet, in which case you’ll see a nice warning message.
We will dedicate the coming months to squash every bug we can find, when we think that CodeSandbox Containers is stable enough to remove the beta warning we will announce this.
Ives van Hoorne, creator of CodeSandbox, tweeted this and the attached video has already racked up more than 41.5K views!
… This is not only Monaco, this is VSCode itself directly running in the browser with node shims connected to the APIs of CodeSandbox. This means that we can get Grid View, VSCode Extension support, breadcrumbs + more! I’m so excited by this! #
I’m close to getting VSCode extensions working in their own web worker, then we’ll get things like VIM mode, first class TypeScript support and more! The great thing is that it will work exactly as VSCode, it’s literally the same code base. #
Ives van Hoorne writes on Medium:
Personalizing color schemes is one of the most important things to have in an code editor.
CodeSandbox didn’t have any way to personalize colors in the editor since release, but I’m happy to announce that we do now. The best part is that we were able to reuse a big chunk of logic from VSCode directly and also support any VSCode theme natively in CodeSandbox!
I’ve been closely watching CodeSandbox and have been thoroughly impressed with the work Ives van Hoorne and the 75+ contributors have put into this online code editor for … React, Preact, Vue, and more.
I’ve been thinking about getting Ives on Founders Talk to talk about the business model behind CodeSandbox. It seems to have this interesting self baked, pay what you want, Patron model to cover the expenses of CodeSandbox. Most of the features are free with limits, and being a “Patron” lifts those limits + extra features, and supports the costs and development efforts.
Ives van Hoorne is the creator of Codesandbox; an online code editor written completely in React. Although Codesandbox is written in React, it can be used to build applications for any front-end framework.
I started CodeSandbox with the ambition to make sharing and collaboration of web applications easier and more accessible. Nowadays it’s being used for documentation, job interviews, prototyping, troubleshooting, bug reports, workshops, and probably much more.
Now you can click ‘Go Live’ to get a URL to share and collaborate with others. Plus, it’s open source.