Whether you are a seasoned developer looking for an offline reference to add in your toolset or you are just a beginner who wants to learn web development and programming in general but don’t have an internet connection at home, having an offline software development API documentation on most web languages is very convenient.
Also, it is very practical to have an offline resources for a particular programming language even if you are connected into the internet, especially if you have a metered internet connection. One website that offers this kind of documentations is Devdocs.io.
What is DevDocs.io?
Devdocs.io is a free website that combines multiple documentations in a fast, organized, and searchable interface. Devdocs provides API documentations for programming languages like C, C++, PHP, Python and more.
It also has documentations for popular web frameworks for both front-end and back-end development. Devdocs is free and open source (a software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified) and it works offline, on mobile, and can be installed in Chrome as an extension. Since it can be installed in Chrome it means that Devdocs is available on any device that has Google Chrome installed.
The good thing about Devdocs is that its documentations are regularly updated. Once a documentation is enabled and installed offline, you can go to offline data and you can see a table of available documentations for offline use.
How it Works?
You may be wondering how Devdocs offline works? Once you’ve installed all the documentations you can view or access these documentations by clicking it in the sidebar or by typing a keyword, for example “attributes”, in the search bar for the topic you want to read and it will give you instant search results from the enabled docs.
According to the Devdocs.io website, “each page is cached as a key-value pair in EndexedDB (downloaded from a single file) and it also uses AppCache and LocalStorage to cache the assets and index files”. This means that the downloaded data is stored inside your browser and that you must be cautious when you are going to clear your browsing history in your browser because you might lose your offline documentations. In case this happens, you can always go back to online mode and you can enable and install your documentations again.
Here’s how to install a documentation for offline use.
Step 1. Go to Offline Data.
Step 2. Enable a Documentation from Sidebar and Click install from list of enabled documentations.
Devdocs.io is a must have for web designers and web developers. I would recommend it to anybody who love web design and development. It is also useful for students of Information Technology related courses who are learning web development.