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Learn-to-code company Treehouse gives students a browser-based text editor

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You don’t need a separate, offline text editor whenever you’re learning to code with Treehouse.

The code-education service announced today it now offers a browser-based developing environment for CSS, HTML, and JavaScript.

That means you, the student, have less to worry about — no need to think about spending money for a cloud-based service or installing desktop software when it’s right on the site where you’re taking lessons. You can save your work on Treehouse.

“It’s a huge technological undertaking and we’re super proud of it,” Treehouse cofounder and chief executive Ryan Carson wrote in an email to VentureBeat. “I think our students will find it even easier to learn now.”

The new feature, which is named Workspaces, is available to everyone now. Workspaces lets students and teachers use the same common editing software, and it auto-completes statements and supports dragging and dropping right into the editor. Altogether, Workspaces should help Treehouse stand out from competitors like Codecademy and Khan Academy.

Interestingly, GitHub, the popular site for storing and collaborating on code, recently revealed a text editor of its own called Atom.

In addition to teaching students the basics of software development, Treehouse also offers courses on business-building, design, and more.

Treehouse announced a $7 million round of funding last April.

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