Turn A Raspberry Pi Into A Web Server With Google’s Coder

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Google’s Creative Lab has turned out a piece of software that helps turn a Raspberry Pi into a basic web server. The tiny web server can then be used for web based developmental projects by computer science students. Coders is an experimental Open Source project by Googler Jason Striegel, designer Jeff Baxter, and a small team based in New York. According to the developers, it takes just ten minutes to set up with the Raspberry Pi and then you can use the Pi as a personal web server.

Coder can be used to learn web development from scratch, or it can be used by web programmers as a personal sandbox for their experiments. It is designed to be uncomplicated – you can download the installer onto a 4GB SD card and insert the SD card into the Pi. Establish connection between the Raspberry Pi and your computer. Go to coder.local in Chrome to connect to your new Coder.

Raspberry Pi has grabbed mind space as an effective educational tool. More than that, it has been modded into many innovative applications. In the same spirit, Coders has been released as an Open Source platform. That’s why the developers say:

Coder is open source, so everyone can help make it better. Fix bugs, build new features, and help make Coder the simplest way for new coders to learn how to create things for the web.

The Coders installer is available for both Windows and Mac. It is a 1.04 GB download. Tell us what you think about this development. Though there are other methods to use a Raspberry Pi as a web server, this seems to be the easiest to set up.

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Source: TechCrunch

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Saumyakanta S

I think its a great way to utilise the pi .

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Samuel

Saumyakanta, if you are looking to compare prices and buy the raspberry pi, try http://www.oemsecrets.com

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dragonmouth

If it’s from Google, I am not going to use it. Google already intrudes into my life too much.

Saikat B

Ha..ha..well said. But hey, give Google a break. This is purely an educational tool.

dragonmouth

“This is purely an educational tool.”
Do I see a bulge in your cheek?

Whom is Google trying to educate with the collected data? Themselves? The government?

DJ

Actually, since it resides on your own Pi in your own home, no one but you can access the data. It’s your own personal home server to which only you have access.

dragonmouth

If it’s exposed to the Internet, it can be compromised.

TSi

It’s open source you moron. So why don’t you stop beeing paranoid and actually go check for yourself if there are backdoors in there ? As far as I can tell, there are none. It’s perfectly safe and a bunch of concerned people are already keeping an eye on the matter.

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Mark

This comes up looking exactly like the standard Debian image. Is there something else I’m supposed to do?

DJ

yo have to go to http://coder/ in your prowser, enter your own password… and start playing.

Shawn

It looks like the normal distro when accessed through the pi itself, but accessing it from another computer on your home network by going to coder.local in the chrome browser will access the coder aspect of this.

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Anonymous

Would this run through port forwarding so I could access it anywhere – or more importantly access the things that my students make from home? Thanks.

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