SitePoint’s CodePen Video – My First Impression

I don’t see the point of CodePen. It’s just another HTML editor. Aren’t there enough of them already?

I just came across this video explaining what CodePen is by Sitepoint. It’s the first time I’ve heard about CodePen; but from watching the video, I am not at all impressed. I’m like: really?? ..with one side of my lip and eyebrow up.

My First Impression of CodePen

So basically, after all the effort it takes to learn HTML and CSS, you have to go and spend all that time learning how to do it again — inside yet another interface? I can’t see many people wanting to use CodePen. Anyone who’s making a website already knows HTML and they also have all their favourite HTML editors/tools.

As a matter of fact, back in the day, everyone who was anyone learned HTML, even kids, because it was the only way to get a web page running. These days, anyone who wants a website made installs WordPress, so that means that the people left doing HTML are actual web developers. Web developers are not going to want to take the time to figure out how to re-do what they’re already doing another way using perfectly functional and useful tools. For 99% of web developers, learning to use CodePen would just be a time consuming hindrance. People have work to do. I can only speak for myself, but after watching that video, I have absolutely no will, drive or motivation to go find out anything more about it.

This just looks like something that would take me a month to learn how to use — for what? What problem does CodePen solve? This is a toy for geeks – not a production tool.

Having said all that, in 12 months from now, this article will probably have 23,000 comments of abuse — screaming me down, because CodePen was the best thing ever invented, and everyone who’s anyone uses it.

We’ll see.

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Article written by: Leonard Wass