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How Did YOU Find Repl.it
PYer (2538)

Repl.it is one of many online coding platforms. How did you find this one? Did you do a google search? A friend? Why did you choose Repl.it over the many others that exist out there. Currently repl.it is one of the most popular. I will say that if i google's filtering and searching system were different, i wouldn't have found it. I found Repl.it with online python3. Comment below your own story!

Reasons so far:

  • Coding on multiple computers
  • Learning at school
  • Looking for better online compilers/interpreters
  • Searching on google for online <coding language>
  • Friends
  • Coding in school without downloading interpreters/compilers
  • Making games that wouldn't work on normal compilers/interpreters
  • Entering competitions that require repl.it
  • Storing code online. To show other people, or other uses

It's really cool to see how other people found repl.it. If I had been told to list as many reasons as I could, I would have gone with Bullet 1, Bullet 2, Bullet 3, and maybe Bullet 5.

Answered by amasad (1715) [earned 5 cycles]
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amasad (1715)

Back in school I was getting interested in learning more programming languages. But I was discouraged because I didn't have a laptop and was always on the move (between home, school, and job) and every time I had an hour to code a little I have to spend most of it installing or troubleshooting compilers, IDEs, libraries, etc.

So I discovered the idea behind Repl.it -- an instant & portable programming environment for any language I want to learn. I ended up being the one to code it into existence but I might as well have found it if it existed before that.

PYer (2538)

@amasad Cool! Repl.it is amazing!

themaka (180)

@amasad One of my college classes used an IDE that wasn't on the lab's computer images, so we spent almost 15% of each class installing it ...
Repl.it would have been an amazing solution

I'm amazed more colleges aren't using it.

PYer (2538)

@themaka It is really cool. Repl.it is fairly new though, and maybe other colleges are using it. You wouldn't really know unless you are in college? Are you?

amasad (1715)

@PYer There are sooo many colleges using it. But yes, I agree, all of them should haha

B0T (16)

@amasad Thanks to that great idea. Now Repl.it is really useful for instant, portable programming and for better learning experience. I don't have to hide my teacher that im installing a programming language again, she doesnt allowed students for installing anything. yea quite annoyed

ArchieMaclean (662)

Through computing teacher because we have chromebooks which can't install anything.

PYer (2538)

@ArchieMaclean Yeah. Teachers don't usually allow children to download/install anything on school chromebooks.

ArchieMaclean (662)

@PYer You just can't on ours - only chrome extensions can be downloaded. There is a text editor, but there is no python chrome extension :(

PYer (2538)

@ArchieMaclean I actlually have a python shell. Here is a link: Python Console

DanielSchumache (26)

@ArchieMaclean That's how I go found it. I just learned Python as I went on this site. There is a gaming/programming based "sub-school" at mine, but I wasn't accepted. It turns out they also use repl.it even though they have Windows laptops, and they're allowed to download programs on them.

hayaodeh (171)

@PYer Thanks for asking this question! All of the comments are amazing here and very nice to read 🤗

I found Repl.it when @amasad asked me if I can design the website and the logo for Repl.it, back then it did not exist and that's how I found it, through Amjad, and that was the beginning of Repl.it.

PYer (2538)

@hayaodeh Cool! I really like the logo. Did you end up designing it?

Kognise (346)

I was looking for online web development platforms similar to CodeSandbox because it was glitching out on me a bunch. Repl.it far exceeded my expectations!

PYer (2538)

@Kognise Cool! Repl.it is better than any other coding platform online that i have ever seen.

Coder100 (292)

I was looking for an html sandbox and I found it by searching google

PYer (2538)

@Coder100 Yeah. Searching for coding sandboxes seems popular.

River_PlayzPlay (2)

I was looking for alternative's to scratch, eventually i found blockly then i converted blockly to python, remembered it then went to find a online code writer, then i found repl.it :P

PYer (2538)

@River_PlayzPlay cool. how long did it take you to learn python? i learnt it kind of slow, maybe because i was introduced to it before i saw block coding

River_PlayzPlay (2)

@PYer im actually learning it still, and i find it pretty easy to learn as long as you write it a few times for example to remember the print command i made a little story using only the print command. as for scratch i learnt it in something called "coder dojo" it's basically just something you show up to and they teach kid's scratch and assign you different tasks, blockly i found in alternative's. (Oh and sorry for the bad grammar i tried my best im only 10 so yeah.)

PYer (2538)

@River_PlayzPlay you grammar is better than many people around here. i have never see coder dojo before. thanks for responding. contact me if you need any help with anything

River_PlayzPlay (2)

@PYer Thanks! And I'll be sure to contact you if i need help! :P

AS4 (3)

@River_PlayzPlay How far did you get with Scratch?

River_PlayzPlay (2)

@AS4 pretty dang far, i got to the point where i could make a little asteroid game but that was about it, i lost interest and got bored, so i decided to give up on coding and then a few years later here i am.

AS4 (3)

@River_PlayzPlay I was using quite advanced stuff with Scratch. Anyway pushing the boundaries of it.

River_PlayzPlay (2)

@AS4 Just realized your icon is the flag on scratch

and i always knew you could go further but i decided not to due to a number of reasons. (one of them being i was 7 at the time and still in normal school and not home-school, meaning i had alot less free-time)

AS4 (3)

@River_PlayzPlay Yes. I am pintofmilk on scratch if you want to see what I have made. I put over some ridiculous 200 hours into one game https://scratch.mit.edu/users/PintOfMilk/

River_PlayzPlay (2)

@AS4 You, Sir. Are a wonderful human being, I can only dream of being one who has the patience to spend 200 hours into one scratch game, you are amazing. lol

PYer (2538)

@River_PlayzPlay agreed. a lot of patience is required.

River_PlayzPlay (2)

@PYer And such is the downfall of many coders, and honestly, I won't deny that I wasn't one of those at the start...or now...

eankeen (799)

Was organizing a club and found this site perfect as a development platform for projects and what not. I don't recall fine tuning any of my internet search queries specifically to find this website. So I guess concerning your bullet points, I can align with number 4 the most. :) I'm not sure what you mean by bullet point 7 though :thinking:

PYer (2538)

@eankeen somebody mentioned a russion roulete that wouldn't work on their complier/interpreter. but it did work on repl.it. what did you do in your club?

eankeen (799)

@PYer Well after organizing the club I was dissuaded from actually submitting the papers to the school. At the time I had a lot of my plate (concerning classwork) so it was only natural for them to suggest that. At that point, I only knew a little bit of c++, so I guess it wasn't a bad decision after all. :)

PAULX (17)

I have search a online coding platform and than i have found repl.it first i was to dumb to understand how repl.it works than i switched to a other platform but this platform has after 1 week closed than i have search again i don't have find one thats free and that works good than I decided to try it again with repl.it and i have understand how it works.
sorry for bad english. :D

PYer (2538)

@PAULX Cool. The prices of repl.it seem to attract attention too.

Lord_Poseidon (111)

I had to program on dad's office laptop once and I couldn't install anything there. A quick Google search landed me here. Now I use repl.it even if I'm on my PC

PYer (2538)

@Lord_Poseidon Yeah. One of the reasons I use repl.it alot is because I don't have to store all my files. I use 5+ computers for coding, and I don't want to install a bunch of stuff on every single one.

Ntechh (9)

I went on DuckDuckGo and searched for how to run Python online: I was originally looking for a way to implement a 24/7 python script.

PYer (2538)

@Ntechh did you find out how to?

culpower (1)

Googled it. Coding on multiple computers, new and old, Win and Linux, I mainly I use it to breath life back into my old 32-bit Arm based Chromebook since Repl.it is the only coding platform that I could get to run on it without the hassle of entering developer mode.

culpower (1)

@PYer Just Python 3 for now

culpower (1)

@PYer FWIW, I've also found Repl.it is a great way to practice my long-lost VIM skills since it's so easy to turn on an off in settings(!)

KevinTomaszewsk (1)

i use repl for point 6 but found it randomly on the internet. at the moment i have finished my first python game and decided. "hey, why not make a even LARGER game in lua cuz im smart." i just wana say my python game was about 430 lines, and continued forever. if anybody wants to see it i could post a link to it, but kinda lazy and sitting in global studies right now so. yeah.

Edit: here is said game. Sorry for delay wasnt doing much with repl during spring break.
I know my code will be sloppy but i did what i could. And for about a week from knowing nothing to this. I think its pretty good.
https://game.kevintomaszewsk.repl.run

CollinKunsman (96)

My teacher made us search through Google to find this site about 2 days ago.

PYer (2538)

@CollinKunsman your teacher made you do that? i think she should have been the one to find it

CollinKunsman (96)

@PYer Uhh... Don't you mean 'he'?

ZacharyWood (28)

Saw some kid using it in school and looked into it.

PYer (2538)

@ZacharyWood Cool! Did you already know how to code at that time?

ZacharyWood (28)

@PYer Yeah. I was always looking for a platform to code on, and Replit was the best one so far.

PYer (2538)

@ZacharyWood yeah. i haven't seen any others that are better either.

JennieLiao (4)

I didn't want to take AP Calculus so I took programming instead and now I'm here :'D It's pretty fun ^_^/

PYer (2538)

@JennieLiao Nice. Programming is much better than calculus.

themaka (180)

A friend of mine got hired here and told me about it.

PYer (2538)

@themaka Cool! Did they also persuade you to work here? You do work for repl.it right?

themaka (180)

@PYer They did persuade me, but not until I heard some of their long term plans, some of which they've already done, and some of which they haven't even hinted at yet.

PYer (2538)

@themaka Cool! I am curious to know about those long term plans :)

johnstev111 (5)

I found it through Microsoft's website, to find online F# compilers (I don't actually use F#, I was trying it for fun at that point)

VFDan (0)

I googled "online C complier"

JoshuaKing1 (7)

I first started with javascript when I was in second grade. I learned about 50 new things to do with it until I got bored in this other compiler. Then, I searched up 'online compiler' and I thought repl.it was great! Now I'm experienced in HTML, JS, Ruby, and Nodejs.

webmunchster (16)

I am a Mentor at a Coder Dojo in our area. I was helping a kid with a CSS problem when I realized her IDE was in her browser. I had never heard of it, so I asked her. She said it was called "repl.it" and had a lot of languages to code on. I signed up, started up a Python project, and I have been using it ever since!

PYer (2538)

@webmunchster cool! i haven't hear of coder dojo before, what is it?

mwilki7 (519)

My professor needed a platform for us to submit F# projects

PYer (2538)

@mwilki7 cool! was it using classroom?

mwilki7 (519)

@PYer Yes, though I wish I explored repl at the time. Would have helped to know there was an online IDE with so many different technologies available.

EdgarArcia (0)

I read an article on Medium about how to teach/learn Python. I followed the link here and stayed because they offer free accounts to schools. My students like it and it is very easy to check their work. THANKS Repl.it!

algore (20)

I was on a school chromebook and was very bored, I knew that python OS import could inject into shell, so I decided to look for an online python compiler so I could use a shell terminal in school, the reason for this was because shell allows you to ssh and I enjoy exploring ssh servers, I've found chat rooms, ctfs, communities, and tons more interesting stuff using the shell that I am able to use thanks to repl.

IzanLarumbe (29)

Causality, i was searching a good online IDE for making an android app and i ended up doing other things. idk why

AquaMarine0421 (27)

I couldn't find a good free coding platform so I looked up on Google Chrome and the top list was repl.it LOL :)

coalesce (1)

I was searching stuff similar to JSFiddle but for Clojure. And found Repl.it.
And I found it the best online editor for code examples and "Hello world".

But it is pity that it's not suitable for hosting of small projects with external libraries.
I'd like to use it's paid option for example for Telegram bots, but do not realize how to do so without importing needed libraries for Clojure or Java or Golang :(

PYer (2538)

@coalesce cool. maybe you could post suggestions to the feedback boards

Jaythrex (2)

My brother shared it with me. He taught me the basics

programmyBoi (15)

In science class, I asked my friends how they were doing python together online without PyCharm on the low-end school computers and they were like: repl.it and then I made my account in class, then we just programmed for the entirety of the class.

JaydenWong1 (0)

I was just playing games on a different website and I saw my friend on Relp.it so I wen't on and started to code.

SebastianCooke (13)

I'm in middle school and one of the requirements at my school is a python coding class. They just so happened to be teaching it with this beautiful website. I've expanded my knowledge to almost all the languages they have on this website. It has definitely been a fun journey though!

PYer (2538)

@SebastianCooke cool! once my teacher was teaching python, and i got to help since i already knew :)