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How Did YOU Find Repl.it

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.

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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.

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@amasad Cool! Repl.it is amazing!

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@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.

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@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?

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

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@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

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

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

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@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 :(

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

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@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.

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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

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@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

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@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.)

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@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

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

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@River_PlayzPlay How far did you get with Scratch?

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@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.

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

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@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)

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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:

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@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?

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@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. :)

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@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.

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

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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!

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

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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

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@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.

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

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

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

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

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

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@JennieLiao Nice. Programming is much better than calculus.

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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

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

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

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

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@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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Searched up 'Online Python IDE', and went with the first one.

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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.

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

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Honestly I found repl.it at school(two-ish years ago) when searching google for python ide online.

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@XavierDD cool. python seems to be the language people look for online

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@PYer I also think I found it a month earlier than that for java but ending up setting up an IDE for java. In many ways this site has been one of the only places I could practice my programming skills.

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@XavierDD agreed. I spend practically all of my computer time on this site.

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@PYer with all of the amazing tools provided and the amazing community I don't think I would use any other website for programming on a mobile device(IPad).

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@XavierDD agreed. They could improve the mobile support though.

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@PYer yes agreed, but I'm growing use to some of the limitations, like not as in depth code suggestions or the description of the functions, but its better than trying to tap the screen to move the cursor as it was when the desktop version was on mobile. If they change it again I would have to break my pattern yet again and start from the bottom up. :)

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@XavierDD hmmm... I never thought of that. I would agree with the code suggestions part though,

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I used to have a very simple Python class in 5th grade, and am taking another Python class in 7th, and rediscovered repl.it. And I am dang glad I did!

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@cats_ur_cool77 coding is a class in 5th grade for you?

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@PYer Well, it wasn't a full on class. We did one basic project, and looked at the teacher's screen for help. It wasn't much of a learning experience, but it was something that stuck with me. Then in 7th grade, I remembered this site, and am back on it. :3

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@cats_ur_cool77 Cool! What was the project?

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@PYer Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner... It was a restaurant type thing, where you could create your own menu, order stuff from it, and calculate how much money you spent. Mine had a questioning title, but that was in 5th grade. :3

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I was starting a code club at my school and we were trying to get the administrators to download pycharm on the computers. They instead installed enthought canopy which took 10+ minutes to open. We looked online for alternatives and found repl.
Now I use repl even on my main computer for personal projects so I can work on them at school too.

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@joshwood what do you do in your club?

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@PYer Well... Not a ton lately. This is the club's 3rd year. At first we just did lessons to others to teach them some coding basics. But then we kinda got tired of just being teachers, so now we just meet and work on programming projects/project euler problems together. It's pretty unstructured now, especially now that our group has gotten smaller.

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@joshwood :) How many members? Three years is cool too. Most clubs I tried to create faded within a few months.

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@PYer We got as many as maybe 25 at one point, but now we've dwindled to maybe 6. A lot of the club went on to college last year. I don't think it'll exist next year, but you never know.

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I came across the platform after looking for a way to run my code online.

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I searched up "Python IDE" because I was looking for something to run python on without having to download. Repl.it was the first result for it.

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@ebest was python your first language?

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@PYer Scratch was. Yeah, Python was.

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Through a youtuber making a tutorial about python turtle :thinking:

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@B0T did you learn turtle before python?

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@PYer Acutally i was learning python so i just messing around with turtle in python.

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@B0T cool. turtle is fun

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My teacher wanted us to learn coding so we did and we used repl to make programs and games.

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@PYer We could choose any language to learn

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School for me. Then I turned it into my own sort of story telling thing while still learning from school.

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@DUN0040 what do you mean by "storytelling thing'

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@PYer I mean as in I'm a writer and this website could also be used to tell interactive stories. I am currently working on one as we speak.

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@DUN0040 cool! like an adventure game?

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@PYer It's a text based spy game that I need help with. I put it in the helping chat thing. I forgot what it's called.

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@DUN0040 if you need help with anything, you can send a message to discord. i am sure many people would like to help

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@PYer Thing is,... I don't have discord. Actually, I thought I didn't but I do. Sorry.

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@PYer Got onto the discord server

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@DUN0040 cool! it is really easy to get help there!

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I googled "online ruby" and repl was one of the results. I did try a couple other sites first but stuck with repl.it because of the flexibility and UI.

I think I joined before repl talk was a thing.

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my friend showed it to me

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@greenbean765 yeah. introduced a lot of other people to it. i also got some other teachers to use it.

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I applied for a summer coding camp job and was asked to write a program using repl.it so that was my first exposure to it

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I wanted to learn lua but school always got in the way so this way i could just logon from anywhere

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@JackDIorio yeah. are you allowed to install compilers/interpreters on your school computers though?

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When I was learning Python I was looking for something online so I could write code when ever I had a bit of free time and I could work on the same code no matter if I was at work or at home, and I could easely share my code with a friend of mine who is a programmer... needed a lot of help from him in the beginning.
I was also frustrated that every time I needed to try something I need to download, install, update a bunch of things. With repl it is just new->code->stuff happens.

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Learning on my own at school cuz we can't download anything

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@Jimbothehimbo Cool! I actually think it is kind of better to use repl.it than to download anything.