Hi! We are Vasilis Georgitzikis, Maria Kousta, Markellos Orfanos, Stelios Tsampas and Dimitris Amaxilatis, and we are the team behind codebender. In the past, each of us has worked on quite a few projects you might know, like MacPorts, Growl, the Arduino TFTP bootloader and we even had a project featured on hackaday. None of it comes close to our work on codebender though.
codebender comes to fill the need for reliable and easy to use tools for makers. A need that from our own experience could not be totally fulfilled by any of the existing solutions. Things like installing libraries, updating the software or installing the IDE can be quite a painful process.
In addition to the above, the limited features provided (e.g. insufficient highlighting, indentation and autocompletion) got us starting building codebender, a completely web-based IDE, that requires no installation and offers a great code editor. It also stores your sketches on the cloud.
That way, you can still access your sketches safely even if your laptop is stolen or your hard drive fails! codebender also takes care of compilation, giving you extremely descriptive warnings on terrible code. On top of that, when you are done, you can upload your code to your Arduino straight from the browser without installing anything.