Runnable Launches ’The YouTube of Code’
New site empowers anyone to easily discover, run and reuse code from a browser
PALO ALTO, Calif. – Runnable launches today to empower developers all over the world to discover, run and instantly implement code for free. Billing itself as a sort of ’YouTube of Code,’ the site aims to democratize coding—allowing developers to spend less time learning and searching for code and more time building compelling software, quickly and easily.
The need for an easy, plug-and-play way to find reusable code such as APIs is skyrocketing, namely because the sheer number of capable programmers looking to use code is steadily on the rise. With over 200 million code-related searches per month now, the current estimate of 25 million developers worldwide is expected to double by the end of the decade.
Runnable is addressing a dramatic market shift where more companies are creating APIs than ever before. Studies have shown that in five years, 85 percent of companies will have at least one API. The explosion of APIs and other reusable software is both a blessing and a curse for developers. On one hand, there is tremendous opportunity to create new software, but on the other hand, developers are constantly required to read through countless pages of documentation, and can’t find the thousands of new APIs that are being developed. Runnable first makes finding the perfect API easy through a simple search and discover process on its website, and then offers developers an easy way to view, run, edit, and copy code that uses these APIs into their project.
Runnable today offers over a thousand pages of code and supports all major web programming languages. Similar to the way YouTube took a world of disjointed internet video and enabled users to easily find specific videos, share and discover new ones, Runnable makes developing software easier by allowing users to find, edit, run, re-use and share code from their browser. Runnable is creating the first-ever marketplace for APIs and other reusable software.
With Runnable, anyone can:
- Search for specific code, modules and APIs
- Upload and share code and APIs that they have written
- Run and edit the code to see if it works with their project
- Copy and paste that code directly into their project
CEO and co-founder Yash Kumar conceived the idea for Runnable while he was working at Amazon as a software developer. He noticed the company had thousands of internal APIs and software systems. He would spend days browsing through documentation and wikis to learn and understand what each API did. Unfortunately, this situation translates to all programmers. Most software projects use hundreds if not thousands of APIs and re-usable software modules. Before Runnable, developers would be required to spend days or even weeks reading through documentation, downloading code, setting up test environments and learning each one of those APIs.
“Software is going through its own Industrial Revolution where developers are reusing code more than writing new code,” said CEO and co-founder, Yash Kumar. “During the Industrial Revolution, workers would push buttons and pull levers to create products on an assembly line. These assembled products would reuse existing parts and components to create new ones – this is exactly what we’re doing with Runnable, but instead of factory workers we’re empowering millions and millions of programmers.”
To learn more about Runnable, visit www.runnable.com .
Runnable is a platform that lets anyone discover, run and reuse community-sourced code from their browser. By cutting down the time required to learn new coding languages and searching for code, Runnable makes building software easier. Runnable is a venture-funded company with offices in Palo Alto, California.
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