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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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  1. Anonymous
    February 19, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    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.

  2. Mark
    September 22, 2013 at 2:27 pm

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

    • Saikat B
      September 22, 2013 at 2:40 pm

      Not really sure. Maybe, you can put this question our wider readership on Answers |

    • DJ
      September 25, 2013 at 8:14 am

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

    • Shawn
      September 29, 2013 at 1:20 pm

      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.

  3. dragonmouth
    September 17, 2013 at 11:43 am

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

    • Saikat B
      September 17, 2013 at 11:58 am

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

    • dragonmouth
      September 17, 2013 at 12:13 pm

      "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
      September 25, 2013 at 8:13 am

      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
      September 25, 2013 at 11:28 am

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

      • digitalmouse
        May 6, 2016 at 9:53 am

        apparently dragonmouth has already been compromised. :P

    • TSi
      September 26, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      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.

  4. Samuel
    September 16, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Saumyakanta, if you are looking to compare prices and buy the raspberry pi, try

  5. Saumyakanta S
    September 15, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    I think its a great way to utilise the pi .

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