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Google's Coder Tool Turns Raspberry Pi Into a Mini Web Server

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The new Coder open source development tool from Google helps programmers use Raspberry Pi computers to build Web applications.

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Coder, a new open source development tool from Google, is designed to make it easier to use Raspberry Pi computers to build Web applications.

Coder converts inexpensive Raspberry Pi computers into personal Web servers through a stripped-back Web-based development environment. Coder is targeted at the education market, and Google says the tool offers a simple platform that teachers and others can use to demonstrate how to build for the Web through browser-based projects written in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

Coder can be downloaded from the Web to a Mac or PC, and users also will need a 4 GB SD card to transfer the Coder SD image to the Raspberry Pi. The tool can run on a standard wired Ethernet connection, but running it on a Wi-Fi connection will require a mini Wi-Fi module for the Pi that currently costs about $12. All projects will be stored on the Pi device.

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