Since they can’t really run typical full-fledged desktop apps, the absence of any real programming IDE for Chromebooks has long been one of many reasons not to buy into Google’s laptop platform. The lack of apps is a problem that is soon to be remedied for many thanks to the addition of the Google Play Store (and there are indeed some barebones IDEs available for Android), but it looks like Google has been thinking about programming on Chrome from another angle.
With “Coding with Chrome,” students can create programs in a variety of languages — albeit only markup and script languages, not object-oriented ones — straight form their Chromebook without an internet connection…
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You can grab Coding with Chrome on the Chrome web store for free.