Hatched by Google Creative Lab 'creative technologist' Jason Striegel, designer Jeff Baxter, and a small team in New York, Coder offers a stepping stone for people interested in building for the web by converting cheap Raspberry Pi mini-computers into personal web servers through a stripped-back web-based development environment.
Using Coder obviously requires a Raspberry Pi device, although the tool itself can be downloaded from the web to a Mac or PC — a Mac OS X installer is included in the bundle, but PC users will need to download separate utilities. Users will also need a 4GB SD card to transfer the Coder SD image to the Raspberry Pi.
The Coder landing page is organised in a grid displaying the developer's apps as well as a gear icon to adjust Coder's setting details such as name, password and wireless settings.
Developers can also view a preview of their project using the eye icon.
Coder can run on a standard wired Ethernet connection, while running it on a wi-fi connection requires a mini wi-fi module for the Pi, which costs around $12.
Coder has password controlled sign-in and accessing it on the Pi device is done via a web browser on a computer on the same network. All projects are stored on the Pi device itself.