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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.

Source: TechCrunch

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