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Thursday, 15 October 2015

Cloud9 an Online IDE for writing Codes | Working Experience Merits and Demerits

Personal experience of Working on Cloud9 IDE

A month earlier i was newbie for online IDE like Cloud9. I need to complete angular-phonecat app via cloud9, as the name defines angular-phonecat is a Open source tutorial offered by At the start i don't make seperate id for Cloud9 as i was able to sign in with github account.

Creating Workspace is quite easy in Cloud, all you need to do is just click on create a new workspace and give it a name and  your workspace will be ready to work in short while.

Problems i have faced:  The location where webserver is started http://localhost:8000/app/index.html was not accessible either from c9 interface or in browser.

When i run protractor it was unable to capture browser in 6000ms and the process is killed.

For the above reasons i was unable to write unit test for  Angular-phonecat app by own on cloud9

Merits of Cloud9 Online IDE 

Free for Open source Projects: Working on Cloud9 is completely free, if want to make your source code public.

Workspace size: On cloud9, first of all we need to create our workspace. for free workspace(Linux Machine) you got a memory size of 512 MB and Disk Size of 1GB with certain CPU capability.

Your Code Always With you: As cloud9 is cloud platform, you don't need to worry about saving in your local machine. Your codes can be accessed anytime anywhere.

Clutter free Navigation: All the files you created get nicely arranged left side of your workspace. Files associated with root file can be expanded and collapsed easily.

Working Area:
There are two working area at Cloud 9 Workspace.  one is for writing codes and the second one is a Terminal of your Linux Machine.

Preinstalled softwares: Apache httpd(PHP,HTML), node, python, Ruby, Ruby on Rails, Go, CofeeScript, Julia, Mocha, Shell Script  etc. git is also preinstalled with node js having version (v0.10.35). For checking node version just write in $ node --version in your terminal.

Text Editor: Cloud9 have a good text editor that supports almost all functionality as there in sublime text editor or other modern text editors like syntax error checking, autocomplete etc.

Sharing: On cloud9 you can share your workspace with another cloud9 user.

DEMERITS of  Cloud9 Online IDE

Paid for Private Workspaces: Cloud9 is paid if you want to make your code private

Limited Workspace Size: Cloud9 have limited workspace size for free users (512 MB Ram, Disk Size: 1GB),for extending it you need to pay as per your need.
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