As you learned in the last lesson, pairing in person is the best option, but if that isn’t a viable solution, we have many options for pairing remotely. To get underway, you will need a way to share a screen and a way to communicate:
Cloud 9 is an online IDE that works out of your web browser so you don’t need to install anything on your local computer. Just type in the email address in the middle of the screen and follow the prompts. If you have a Github account, you can then link your Cloud 9 account to it.
(Cloud 9 will ask for a credit card number as part of its procedure to make sure you are not a bot. It doesn’t keep the information after you have been verified and it does not charge anything on the card.)
If you want, you can use group chat window under the
collaborate tab on the upper right side of your screen to start, but that is technically collaboration, not pairing. You will eventually want to sign up for and use one of the voice communication options above. You can just keep it open in another tab or minimized.
Once you have your account set up in Cloud 9, create a new workspace to start your project. You can link it to a Github repository, but that is not necessary right away. Initiating sharing is as simple as sharing the link to the workspace with your partner. They can click the link and you can accept them and just like that, you can both see and edit in real time the project you are working on.
Of course all this preparation is pointless without someone to pair with. Perhaps you already have someone in mind, but if you are having trouble finding someone, The Odin Project has a Forum Category just for that. If you haven’t joined the Odin community, now is a good time to do that, and then post in the Pair Category. There should be other people there at about the same place you are in the curriculum looking to find someone to pair with as well.
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