How Can Cloud IDEs Save Your Time? Part 1

How Can Cloud IDEs Save Your Time? Part 1

How Can Cloud IDEs Save Your Time? Part 1

Cloud computing is definitely among the most dynamically developing industries in IT. It’s also definitely the one that promises to surprise the global IT community with new technologies, tools and services in 2013. Cloud hosting, document management and data storage have become common and ordinary even for non IT-savvy people. If you can store your docs and host your apps in the cloud, why can’t you code in your browser?

That’s what exactly the idea that came to enthusiasts from across a few years ago. As a result, the first web based IDEs emerged to revolutionize the market and the development process at large. Like with the majority of new cool things, cloud IDEs did not seem that cool for many developers who stood by offline IDEs and the conventional development, testing and code sharing practices. So, why are cloud IDEs cool and how can they improve software development productivity?

Here are a few keypoints.

Cloud IDE: Basics

 IDE-Image

The model of a typical web based IDE is quite simple. Users access their cloud workspaces through a website. In their cloud IDE accounts, they can use IDE’s own resources and services, for example to run and debug apps in the cloud, use code assistant etc. There are also external resources, i.e. third party services, like AWS or Google App Engine. Cloud IDE users can deploy to PaaS, update and manage apps directly from their cloud workspaces.

Projects are hosted on cloud IDE servers (with 256-bit encryption protection, for example). Traditionally, web based development environments provide free access for all users, however, private projects might be fee based (depends on the cloud vendor though).

Getting started and sharing your projects

Developers spend quite some time configuring environment for coding and testing applications. That’s certainly not a big deal for one developer with 1-2 PCs. Yet, when it comes to big teams of developers, it takes time and money. What if one tenant is created and all settings and properties are enclosed in one URL that you can share with the team? A project is created with particular development, VM and testing environment, as well as Git and PaaS. Once a developer receives an invitation and accepts it, he/she can collaborate on this project right away! Perhaps, no developers like those hours of joining or starting new projects spent for configuring environment and installing all necessary tools (the toolbox may be really huge in some cases). Onboarding in a cloud IDE is as easy as joining a group in Facebook. A few clicks will take you to a fully configured workspace.

5 Minutes to Create a Deploy an App?

With Cloud IDE you need no more than 5 minutes to create a simple Hello World app (say, Java or Python) and deploy it to Google App Engine or CloudFoundry, while the same process with Eclipse will take up to 4-5 hours (downloads, installation, configuring settings etc)! Isn’t it much just for a trial attempt? Check out the below video to see how easy it is to create a simple app and deploy it to GAE with a cloud IDE. Can Eclipse perform faster, even if everything is downloaded, configured and fine-tuned?

The answer is quite obvious.

Arduous discussions can be started on whether to go with an IDE on your machine or use a web based one, but a simple demo will show you the real mettle of a cloud based IDE. Of course, this is not to say that offline IDEs, and Eclipse in particular, have no advantages at all. Let’s be frank, Eclipse still rocks especially when it comes to Junit testing (convenient graphical interface), numerous plugins and, of course, its open source nature. Flexibility of Eclipse is what makes it incredibly popular among a huge coding community worldwide. By the way, the multitude of Eclipse adepts is one of the factors behind its popularity.

Read Part 2 Tomorrow: Instant build, commit and deploy

Guest Post By Eugene Ivantsov

About CloudTweaks

Established in 2009, CloudTweaks is recognized as one of the leading authorities in connected technology information and services.

We embrace and instill thought leadership insights, relevant and timely news related stories, unbiased benchmark reporting as well as offer green/cleantech learning and consultive services around the world.

Our vision is to create awareness and to help find innovative ways to connect our planet in a positive eco-friendly manner.

In the meantime, you may connect with CloudTweaks by following and sharing our resources.

View All Articles

Sorry, comments are closed for this post.

Comics
Despite Record Breaches, Secure Third Party Access Still Not An IT Priority

Despite Record Breaches, Secure Third Party Access Still Not An IT Priority

Secure Third Party Access Still Not An IT Priority Research has revealed that third parties cause 63 percent of all data breaches. From HVAC contractors, to IT consultants, to supply chain analysts and beyond, the threats posed by third parties are real and growing. Deloitte, in its Global Survey 2016 of third party risk, reported…

Virtual Immersion And The Extension/Expansion Of Virtual Reality

Virtual Immersion And The Extension/Expansion Of Virtual Reality

Virtual Immersion And Virtual Reality This is a term I created (Virtual Immersion). Ah…the sweet smell of Virtual Immersion Success! Virtual Immersion© (VI) an extension/expansion of Virtual Reality to include the senses beyond visual and auditory. Years ago there was a television commercial for a bathing product called Calgon. The tagline of the commercial was Calgon…

Your Biggest Data Security Threat Could Be….

Your Biggest Data Security Threat Could Be….

Paying Attention To Data Security Your biggest data security threat could be sitting next to you… Data security is a big concern for businesses. The repercussions of a data security breach ranges from embarrassment, to costly lawsuits and clean-up jobs – particularly when confidential client information is involved. But although more and more businesses are…

How The CFAA Ruling Affects Individuals And Password-Sharing

How The CFAA Ruling Affects Individuals And Password-Sharing

Individuals and Password-Sharing With the 1980s came the explosion of computing. In 1980, the Commodore ushered in the advent of home computing. Time magazine declared 1982 was “The Year of the Computer.” By 1983, there were an estimated 10 million personal computers in the United States alone. As soon as computers became popular, the federal government…

Cloud-Based or On-Premise ERP Deployment? Find Out

Cloud-Based or On-Premise ERP Deployment? Find Out

ERP Deployment You know how ERP deployment can improve processes within your supply chain, and the things to keep in mind when implementing an ERP system. But do you know if cloud-based or on-premise ERP deployment is better for your company or industry? While cloud computing is becoming more and more popular, it is worth…

Technology Influencer in Chief: 5 Steps to Success for Today’s CMOs

Technology Influencer in Chief: 5 Steps to Success for Today’s CMOs

Success for Today’s CMOs Being a CMO is an exhilarating experience – it’s a lot like running a triathlon and then following it with a base jump. Not only do you play an active role in building a company and brand, but the decisions you make have direct impact on the company’s business outcomes for…

Cloud Services Providers – Learning To Keep The Lights On

Cloud Services Providers – Learning To Keep The Lights On

The True Meaning of Availability What is real availability? In our line of work, cloud service providers approach availability from the inside out. And in many cases, some never make it past their own front door given how challenging it is to keep the lights on at home let alone factors that are out of…

The Key To Improving Business Lies In Eye-Interaction Tech

The Key To Improving Business Lies In Eye-Interaction Tech

Eye-Interaction Technology Analysts at Goldman Sachs predict virtual reality revenue will surpass TV within the next decade. More than just some gaming fad, VR represents a whole new way for organizations to train, research, and explore vast amounts of data. Despite its popularity, however, VR is still not in the hands of the majority, and…

The Future Of Cloud Storage And Sharing…

The Future Of Cloud Storage And Sharing…

Box.net, Amazon Cloud Drive The online (or cloud) storage business has always been a really interesting industry. When we started Box in 2005, it was a somewhat untouchable category of technology, perceived to be a commodity service with low margins and little consumer willingness to pay. All three of these factors remain today, but with…