Menu
Mozilla updates its Thimble online code editor to help teach Web programming

Mozilla updates its Thimble online code editor to help teach Web programming

Changes include autocompletion and previews of how sites will look on mobile

Mozilla updated its Thimble code editor Tuesday to make it more useful for teachers and students who want to learn and teach how to program websites.

The updates bring a variety of improvements to Thimble, including the ability to link and edit multiple Web pages within a project rather than restricting users to editing only one page. Users can also take a website that has been compressed in a Zip file and import it into Thimble, which will expand the whole thing and let users start tweaking the website from there.

Like other code editors, Thimble now also can autocomplete tags and automatically closes tags to make it easier for people to build websites. With the growing emphasis on smartphones, it also helps that Thimble's previewer can show users what their pages will look like on a smaller device.

Thimble is a useful tool for people just getting started with Web programming because users can program in one pane while viewing a real-time preview of what they're working on right next to their code. Users can immediately see what happens when they tweak a value in their code, which helps improve understanding of how the whole site works.

In addition to letting users import sites to fiddle with them, and letting people build things from scratch, Thimble also has a group of pre-made projects tailored to help educators teach Web development. Templates like one that lets people remix the popular "Keep Calm and Carry On" poster include teaching kits with lesson plans for using them in the classroom.

Mozilla first launched Thimble in 2012, and it has been used since then for a variety of projects, including teaching people how to code and designing posters to argue in support of net neutrality. By improving its functionality, Mozilla has made Thimble even more useful for situations like that and others.

The update is powered by work that Mozilla did with the Seneca College Centre for Development and Open Technology. Thimble picked up many of its new capabilities through integrating Bramble, a fork of Adobe's Brackets open-source text editor that includes features like autocompletion.

Follow Us

Join the New Zealand Reseller News newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Featured

Slideshows

Arrow exclusively introduces Tenable Network Security to A/NZ channel

Arrow exclusively introduces Tenable Network Security to A/NZ channel

Arrow Electronics introduced Tenable Network Security to local resellers in Sydney last week, officially launching the distributor's latest security partnership across Australia and New Zealand. Representing the first direct distribution agreement locally for Tenable specifically, the deal sees Arrow deliver security solutions directly to mid-market and enterprise channel partners on both sides of the Tasman.

Arrow exclusively introduces Tenable Network Security to A/NZ channel
Examining the changing job scene in the Kiwi channel

Examining the changing job scene in the Kiwi channel

Typically, the New Year brings new opportunities for personnel within the Kiwi channel. 2017 started no differently, with a host of appointments, departures and reshuffles across vendor, distributor and reseller businesses. As a result, the job scene across New Zealand has changed - here’s a run down of who is working where in the year ahead…

Examining the changing job scene in the Kiwi channel
​What are the top 10 tech trends for New Zealand in 2017?

​What are the top 10 tech trends for New Zealand in 2017?

Digital Transformation (DX) has been a critical topic for business over the last few years and IDC is now predicting a step change as DX reaches macroeconomic levels. By 2020 a DX economy will emerge and it will become the core of what New Zealand industries focus on. From the board level through to the C-Suite, Kiwi organisations must be prepared to think and act digital when the DX economy emerges in 2017.

​What are the top 10 tech trends for New Zealand in 2017?
Show Comments