Did you ever imagine that someday it would be possible to code in the cloud? Create an app, test and debug it and deploy to a production PaaS, entirely in the cloud? Well, the good old desktop days are gone. These days, progressive developers ditch their desktops and move to the cloud. Of course, literally, since you’ll need a laptop or a desktop to fire up your favorite browser and access your cloud account. Coding in the cloud has been a fantasy for so many years, and nobody took online IDE seriously. Well, there isn’t a person now who would say that modern web IDEs are merely toys. They aren’t, and I will prove it with a short reviews of the best online IDEs that, to my mind, will revolutionize the market and software development process in some years. Away with boring stuff, let’s look at amazing online services that let you code, build, test, run and deploy apps in the cloud.
The Cloud 9 team is certainly focused on delivering the best possible experience for developers. Registration barely takes a few minutes. You can actually login with your BitBucket account, or create a new account. This web based IDE supports HTML, Node.js, PHP, Python and Ruby. I wouldn’t say that the list of technologies is too impressive, yet, there is every reason to expect expansion of this list.
Unfortunately, Cloud 9 is not too focused on PaaS - you can only deploy your apps to Heroku, Windows Azure Cloud Services, Windows Azure Websites and Cloud Foundry. Sure, Cloud 9 wouldn’t be a cloud IDE unless it is possible to run apps locally on their servers. Debugging mode is also available. Editor features include code autocompletion, syntax highlighting, code formatting, code folding etc.
You can create as many public projects as you want. However, a private project would cost you $12 a month which is nothing for a professional developer.
Sorry to say, but I failed to register with Koding. They offer a bunch of login with...icone, but all of them with coming soon inscription. So, you cannot use your FB or Google ID to join Koding. Manual registration asked for a invitation code, which I have requested. 30 minutes passed, but I never got an invite (spam folder checked). So, sorry, no information learned personally. However, online reviews and forum posts claim that there is a huge number of languages that Koding supports, including C# and C++. Also, there is a handy bash terminal - this is something that very few IDEs can actually boast of. It is sad I could not dive into Koding right away to write a bit more about this interesting web IDE which is still in beta though.
I would go as far to say that Codenvy offers the most mature product so far. No advertising! Just grab an account and see it yourself. Onboarding is incredibly easy in Codenvy. So, it takes 5 minutes before you click Connect with Google on their mainpage and see your first app deployed to a PaaS (in case you have accounts with major PaaS). Codenvy supports Java, Java Script, PHP, Python, Ruby, HTML, CSS and Node.js. Your apps can be deployed to AWS Elastic Beanstalk, AppFog, Cloud Foundry, CloudBees, Google App Engine, Heroku, OpenShift and Tier 3 Fabric. With such an impressive list of PaaS and technologies/frameworks, Codenvy is a true market leader.
This IDE supports Git as version control system. You can also import your projects from GitHub or BitBucket which simplifies onboarding and management of your projects.
Although Codenvy supports so many languages, I suddenly realized that mostly Java developers will feel at home with Codenvy. The number of Java features is stunning - there is even code refactoring.
There’s a drawback - a semi functional shell and no FTP support. Codenvy can be accessed from Chrome, Firefox and Safari browsers. Currently, it’s free, but pricing has been already published.
More info about advantages and features of modern online IDE (vendor neutral) are available at http://bestonlineide.com