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Cloud-based Developer Tools Usher in Development-as-a-Service : Page 2

Cloud-based DaaS is a reality for organic developer collaboration thanks to advancements in browser capacity and the emergence of HTML5.


Cloud9 and the DaaS IDE

An offshoot of Ajax.org, Cloud9 provides a cloud-based commercial IDE that allows Web and mobile developers to work together in remote teams anywhere, anytime. The platform's NodeJS framework supports HTML5, Python, Ruby and PHP.

Cloud9 enables developers to start projects behind a single URL, share their code, and collaborate with co-developers anywhere in the world without having to install anything on the client. More than 30,000 developers around the world are using Cloud9 to build and collaborate on software projects.

"The platform runs in the browser and lives in the cloud, allowing development teams to run, debug and deploy applications from anywhere, anytime," said Daniels.

The DaaS tool also offers syntax support for popular programming languages, as well as the ability to:

  • simultaneously collaborate on code and projects
  • run real-time code analysis
  • debug and test applications

It also includes HitHub, Bitbucket and Joyent integration. Cloud9 offers a free version and a premium offering that costs $15 per month.

Addressing the genesis of the platform, Daniels said the company saw the need for a cloud-based IDE for which Web development and JavaScript were the core focuses.

"We wanted to create an alternative to Eclipse variants and other Java or C++ IDEs, where extending and customizing applications is done in either Java or C++, and is generally very difficult to use," said Daniels.

"We figured that if you develop Web applications to run online, why shouldn't your application development be online too?" Daniels explained.

Recently, Cloud9 IDE raised $5.5 million in Series A funding from Accel Partners and product development software company Atlassian Software.

Daniels said Cloud9 will use the funds to add support for multiple languages, platforms and cloud/mobile SDKs.

Herman Mehling has written about IT for 25 years. He has written hundreds of articles for leading computer publications and websites.
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