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Cloud9 A virtual IDE and hosted web server

16 Jul 2013

Cloud9 is a virtual IDE, tool suite, and host, all in one. It is mainly for html, ruby and php development. At first I wasn’t so impressed. My favourite language c# and asp.net wasn’t supported, and it was from time to time slow. BUT for development in a technology like NodeJs, it was superb. It allows installing the NodeJs package and dependent javascript libraries. It has an integrated debugger, which proved very useful. I first tried NodeJs on Heroku, I didn’t get it to work and I didn’t know why. Having an integrated debugger on the Cloud9 server was so fantastic. I found the error and later deployed to Heroku. Other advantages, is that it facilitates pair programming / multipart collaboration. Several persons can have access to the workspace at the same time.