Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Cloud IDE

Today, I stumbled upon somtehing I've been searching for quite a while: an online IDE in the Cloud! No more need to install stuff on your PC, just develop anytime, anywhere you are. I discovered Cloud IDE, where you can sign up for a free account. Moments later, your personal domain has been created and you can start developing!

There are some very interesting options once you are logged in. You can link (a.o.) your Cloudbees and Google App Engine accounts. That way, you can easily create and deploy applications. There is a sample GWT project that you can import to Cloud IDE, and when your Google App Engine account has been linked, the new project is deployed within seconds. A lot of nice functionalities, all out of the box.

Of course, there are also drawbacks. You need a relatively fast internet connection, but I guess that's not really an issue anymore these days. Further, the IDE isn't nearly as extended as Eclipse or IntelliJ. The 'develop in the cloud' concept is obviously still in its childhood, but it looks promising. There's GIT support, you can use Maven, create applications directly in your Cloud platforms, ... You can even collaborate on the same project with up to 5 users in the same domain.

More features will be added, while gathering feedback from developers. I like the idea, but it's yet another IDE to get used to. I'm looking forward to playing around with it, and the ease of integration with PaaS providers is a big advantage for me. The Cloud is ever expanding!