The true Open-source alternative to CODEPEN for offline web development.
WebMaker app (WMA) is a free and open-source front-end web development application. A good way to describe it
Codepen is one piece of software that has come to play a very important role in my front-end developer journey. It is basically is
Codepen is used by developers to showcase tricks, and ultimately share their visual front-end web creations to the world. I fell in love at first sight. The major feature of Codepen that you’d love is the ability to see the effects (preview) of your code immediately as you type them in the HTLM-CSS-JS code editor.
NB: I would be referring to the public or free version of Codepen throughout this post.
Any reason that would make anyone want to use Codepen should motivate the use of WMA – with a little additional benefit, being offline. In fact, WMA is compatible with Codepen. You can simply upload your creations on WMA to Codepen with a button – to create an online copy if you wish – with little or no extra configurations or changes to the code-base.
Same familiar interface and everything to the dot. Since it was offline, it was relatively faster than Codepen – as should be expected.
SOME OTHER FEATURES
- You can take
a screenshotof the preview.
- It has code auto-completion/suggestion.
- It has three views (left, right and bottom) and a
You can use WMA for you web project in two different forms;
- A web browser extension (chrome): since it is a chrome extension it would be a breeze to install without much configuration.
- A web app: that you can run in the browser.
To learn more on how to customize the different settings, you can check the awesome WMA documentation here.
WMA is open-source; free to use and modify if possible. And itself built on a lot of open-source technologies. For a detailed narrative on how it was built you can read the author’s post here.
Thank you Kushagra Gour for your wonderful creation.
- Google’s Bard AI: ChatGPT Rival or The Next Frontier in AI and NLP Technology - February 8, 2023
- Google Introduces KataOS, as a Security-based Open-source Operating System - December 22, 2022
- The Latest GNOME 43, “Guadalajara”, Released See What’s New - October 19, 2022