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? 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 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.