Starting September 1st I will be employed by [Ajax.org](http://ajax.org), the Amsterdam based company that is developing [Cloud 9 IDE](http://c9.io) -- not to be confused with the similarly named [Amsterdam-based soccer club](http://www.ajax.nl).
__Why an IDE in "the cloud"?__
During the past decade more and more of the stuff we do every day has moved online: e-mail, word processing, spreadsheets, chat, collaboration tools. The obvious next -- almost inevitable -- step is to move the IDE (Integrated Development Environment) to the cloud as well. Exit Eclipse. Enter Cloud9.
A few (potential) advantages:
* Your code is accessible anywhere, from any computer, but also mobile device: iPhone, iPad. Just point your browser to a URL and off you go. * No complex tool setup. It's typically very difficult to properly install your IDE (e.g. Eclipse) with all the plug-ins, web servers etc. A Cloud IDE makes this simpler, just point your browser at a URL and everything just works: testing web servers run in the cloud, deployment is simple etc. * Real-time collaboration with team members: remember Google Wave? Imagine collaborating on a single code base with many developers. Great for pair programming.
__What about [mobl](http://www.mobl-lang.org)?__ Ajax.org is interested in mobl. We have yet to see what role it will play in the company as well as in Cloud9. There are several options there. All I can say is: don't worry, mobl is not dead :)
__Weren't you moving to Poland?__ Indeed I am! I will be working on site in Amsterdam for the first few weeks and then move to Poland ([Poznań](http://maps.google.nl/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=nl&geocode=&q=poznan&aq=&sll=51.929818,4.367893&sspn=0.012967,0.02459&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Pozna%C5%84,+Powiat+Pozna%C5%84ski,+Groot-Polen,+Polen&t=h&z=11) to be exact) and work remotely. Ajax.org has more employees distributed around the world and this will become even more the case in the future. This shouldn't be a problem, as they are developing a product to make this easier after all.
Anyway. This is still a couple of months ahead. First I have a PhD thesis to finish up.