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Share Code in Real-time

Published 06/04/2012 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by Robyn Valenzuela
What can you use the app for?

Squad makes it easy to edit code collaboratively and share it with others over the internet. Squad is an extremely simple text editor but it has the essential functions that experienced coders need and have come to rely upon. Since Squad makes it so coders can share their content with one another, this is a great way for coders to look into each other's project and see what might be wrong or what should be re-coded. Also, since it is web-based this makes Squad particularly useful for coders who might be on the go since they could access it from anywhere. Users can open remote or local files. They can also save their work to their desktop or to their server too. Also, Squad makes it possible for coders to collaborate with each other on projects in real time. This can be done in a way so that the coders are not "stepping on each other's toes." Users can chat with one another outside of the code as well. Squad is great for code reviews, on the job training, and pair programing.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

The team at Squad is based out of Bloomington, Indiana. Squad was developed August-October of 2009 as one of SproutBox’s three original HomeSprouts application. The HomeSprouts were trial runs for SproutBox’s rapid development model, but the resulting products were actually keepers. Their other applications include HomeSprouts, CheddarGetter and ScheduleThing. Squad was a longtime dream of SproutBox co-founder Mike Trotzke’s. He knew for years that he wanted to develop a product to help programmers collaborate and code more efficiently, so when it was time to create a HomeSprout Trotzke knew just what to do. Trotzke is still actively involved with Squad. Today, the team is led by CEO Hillary Elmore.

What are the differences to other apps?

Squad is a great collaboration tool built by coders for coders. It is very simple compared to most desktop coding software applications. Also for Android cell phone users, they can actually code from their phone. Since the app is web-based, other coders can still access it from pretty much anywhere too.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

As mentioned, Squad is increidbly basic and easy to use. Squad is a lean, mean coding machine! Additionally, the coding history can be saved and the chat can be referenced at a later time. This application has great potential as a learning tool and as an effective resource for virtual teams.

How does the registration process work?

New users can sign up for a Squad account by clicking on the 'Sign Up' link on the Squad homepage. Squad requests the following information for new accounts; pick a plan (Solo or Team), timezone, email address, first name, last name, and password. Users will also need to agree to Squad's Privacy Policy and their Terms of Service.

What does it cost to use the application?

Squad offers all users a free 10-day trial. From there users can select their Solo plan which includes a single user license and runs $3.95/ month. Teams can elect the Team plan which runs $49.95/ month and includes 5 users. Additional users can be added to the Team plan at a discounted rate of just $8/ month.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Squad is great for teams of coders who would like to collaborate on projects. Students, business or freelancers could all benefit from this application. Now if it was only free!

  • Collaborate with other coders in real time
  • Save files back to one's environment
  • Track one's history and save chats for reference later on

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Squad pricing

Cheapest plan (per month) : $3.95
(1 user)
Most expensive plan (per month) : $49.95
(5 users)

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