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CodeRunner: My go-to for quickies

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CodeRunner is a lightweight, multi-language programming editor for macOS.

🏃🏻 CodeRunner: A Multi-Language Code-Buddy

Today I’m bringing you a review of a tool that has been a game-changer for me — CodeRunner. This macOS app is hands down one of the best purchases I’ve ever made, I think, maybe.. well.. It’s great! 😅 and if you’re in the coding world and use macOS, you’re going to want to read on. 😜

🐳 What is CodeRunner?

CodeRunner is a lightweight, multi-language programming text editor and IDE for macOS. Don’t let the term “lightweight” fool you; this tool packs a punch. It’s engineered to quickly write and run code in a plethora of languages, from PHP, Python, Golang, and JavaScript, to Bash, Swift, and many more.

🤍 Why I Prefer CodeRunner

🚤 Speed is Key

When I need to jot down some quick code snippets, I often find myself reaching for CodeRunner over Xcode Playgrounds or even VS Code. Why? It’s just snappier. It streamlines the process of writing and executing code, making it a breeze to test out new ideas or algorithms.

Coderunning running Golang sample cowsay code

🏝️ Eliminates Setup Hassle

For languages like Golang or Python, setting up an environment can sometimes feel like a chore. CodeRunner eliminates this hassle, allowing you to jump straight into coding. This is immensely helpful, especially when you’re like me, juggling multiple projects and languages.

Coderunner Setup Golang

🍕 Slick and Robust Editor

CodeRunner sports a slick, great-looking editor that allows you to compose and test code efficiently. Its UI is clean, and the tool feels very intuitive, allowing you to focus on what’s most important—your code.

Coderunner auto complete screenshot

🌋 Not an IDE, but…

While CodeRunner isn’t a full-fledged IDE, it’s absolutely ideal for writing scripts, small functions, and testing code. It’s perfect for running simple automations, which I find incredibly useful in my day-to-day workflow.

💡 Debugging and Themes

The tool supports Debugging with Breakpoints, which is a massive timesaver. Plus, for the theme aficionados among us (I know I am), CodeRunner supports Sublime/TextMate themes out-of-the-box. And did I mention it has Code Completion for popular languages and syntax highlighting for 200+ languages? Yep, it does that too.

Coderunner debugging screenshot

🛒 How to Get CodeRunner

You can grab CodeRunner from the Mac App Store or directly from their website. It’s also a part of the awesome Setapp with tons of great apps for macOS and iOS for a low monthly subscription. With the invite-link here, you’ll get 7 days + 1 month for free to try out Setapp, and if you decide to subscribe, I’ll too get 1 month free 🎉 Yay! Trust me, this is a purchase (CodeRunner) you won’t regret if you do something with code. 💯😜

Coderunner on Setapp

💆🏻 Conclusion

There you have it, folks! CodeRunner is a must-have tool for anyone dabbling in multiple languages or looking for a lightweight, powerful text editor and IDE on macOS. It’s versatile, fast, and incredibly user-friendly—qualities that every developer appreciates.

So what are you waiting for? Give CodeRunner a shot, and supercharge your coding game.

Until next time, code smart, stay curious, and keep that playful seriousness alive! 🚀