Poland based Springloops is a web-based source code management tool built primarily for web development teams. By allowing coders to work together in real time, Springloops hopes to make collaborative coding more efficient and less frustrating.
Let me say first, Springloops is not free, but they do have a free trial period and free and cheap packages available so you can test out the service and see if it provides useful features. Coders working with Springloops can code in parallel and share code results with others. Springloops sets up a professional workflow that organizes your work and allows for a more organized flow. Code that is entered from one computer is automatically updated on the servers so others don’t overwrite your work.
Another great feature of Springloops is the instant preview ability. After making changes, all users can preview the output on the development server live. Any work can be undone with the roll-back functionality. Springloops also integrates with Basecamp for enhanced project management and scheduling.
For a good overview of how this all works in practice, check out this post on their blog.
I am impressed with the feature set of Springloops. Coding in tandem really does get frustrating, and I think that the live updates and the preview ability will be very useful for lots of you. There are some more advanced features for those of you who want to give it a shot. With the Basecamp integration, this could help keep a project organized and on track.