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Cloud Development Environments

To most of the programmers, the geeks, programming is a hobby. And in the recent years, everything is "going to the cloud". So you might be thinking, is there anything to take the development environment to the cloud? Yes, there is! Cloud IDEs are what you are looking for. One of the best thing about cloud development environments is that there is no hassle to set 'em up. Here is a list of online development environment that I find quite useful.

Cloud9 IDE

The Cloud9 IDE comes first in the list. It's beautiful and sleek. It has quite a few theme to tweak it's appearance. I like the flat theme. Looks nice to my eyes.

Screenshot of Cloud9's editor
Cloud9 IDE Interface

Screenshot of Cloud9's terminal
Cloud9 IDE Terminal
Cloud9 IDE provides each user a number of workspaces each within its own virtual machine. A free can have only 1 private workspace and unlimited number of public workspaces. The VMs run Ubuntu 14.04 as of the time of writing. The users are allowed to play with the VMs using the terminal. What's even great, all the users get root access. Cloud9 IDE lets users to share their workspace with collaborators and works with them, chat with them in real time. Like any other IDE, it has auto-completion capabilities, syntax highlighting, split-view and all the goodness you expect. Cloud9 definitely gets a thumb's from me. Try it out, if you are looking to take your development environment to the cloud. It's like Google Docs for coding.

Rating: 5 out of 5


Next up, is Koding. Koding wants to help the people new to programming to go to the learning part quickly by making the environment setup part a breeze. It too comes with virtual machines, and you can ssh to those VMs from your machine. The editor comes with syntax highlithing, themes and all. It has a community, where users can interact with other users. It quite good, although, I have faced some weird issues with it.
Screenshot of Koding's IDE
Rating: 3.5 out of 5


The last one on the list is Codeanywhere. It's same as the other two. Though I think the environment looks quite dark and dull. The one feature which Codeanywhere has but the other two don't, is that you can connect your Dropbox or Google Drive account with it. It too has all the goodies of a good IDE. I haven't played with it much, but during the time I spent, I faced some really nasty issues with it. For example changing your name or changing the Dropbox connection name had no effect. I do think that they will fix this in future.

Screenshot of Codeanywhere's IDE
Rating: 3 out of 5


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