Hey, I'm a student, I'm 14 years old and living in the US. I (obviously) don't have access to a credit card.
I'm trying to do some web development from school as an independent study (meaning I don't have a teacher). Unfortunately, school computers are:
- Tightly locked-down
As such, a browser-based IDE is really my only option. I've tried codeanywhere and found that their software is fairly buggy. I thought I'd give c9 a shot even though the lack of free SSH workspaces is disappointing (I can probably work with Git), but unfortunately credit card requirement is a dealbreaker for me.
I understand the potential for abuse of this service, but forcing credit card signups sounds like a terrible solution to me. A reCAPTCHA would be easy, efficient, and effective as far as I can see.
I also feel like linking github / twitter accounts to one's c9 account should be sufficient proof of human-ness.
I'm feeling very frustrated that I can't take advantage of this service as a student working independently.
Thoughts? What's the best path to continue forward for someone in my situation?