For a long time I've been pretty proud to tell people that I do all
of my programming from a terminal prompt - utilizing a vanilla vim install. I've been proud to tell people this because of the shock and awe that I get to enjoy after saying that. It's been the standard for a long time that web developer's use an IDE such as Netbeans, Kompozer, Dreamweaver (Yuk!), or others that are more feature-packed than vim. I had stuck with a vim because none of those IDEs actually work
. The truth is, IDEs for web development are generally good for one thing - either they're great at PHP, or they're great with previewing your content, or they're great with source control, or whatever. One thing that is always
While I could spend the rest of this article discussing the great features of Cloud9, I think it would be misleading if I didn't explain to you C9IDE's most peculiar feature. C9IDE is 100% browser-based. I know what you're thinking - "But the web simply isn't ready for this! It must be painfully slow or incredibly under-featured". Wrong and Wrong! Actually, comparing C9IDE startup times against my previous favorite IDE PHPStorm
, it boots in almost half the time. I can also say that, while developing, things in C9IDE respond equally as fast - if not faster - than PHPStorm. Feature-wise, C9IDE is still in beta, so it doesn't have the largest feature set, but everything I look for in an IDE is there. They've skipped the frill that other IDE's boast about, in favor of doing all the necessities absolutely perfectly
of console.log() debugging statements. Actual errors in your code are pretty unreadable in Node.JS. C9IDE has built into their IDE a Node.JS debugger, which greatly extends the error reporting native to Node.JS. Most errors you receive while debugging in C9IDE will not only give you a better description of the error, but will also contain links to the line the error occurred on, and the line that called the function containing the error.
One of Cloud9IDE's big pushes is to support git, and primarily github, from the very moment you access their page. This ranges from being able to login using your github name, quick and easy git clones (image above), and an easy-to-use dashboard that lists and categorizes all of your repositories by host. The developers at Ajax.org are currently working on a visual git interface, to make managing your repos even easier. (As a note, many of these git features are not available if you host C9IDE locally. Git is managed from their built in console if you are local.)
. Take a look for yourself, and enjoy the awesome power of Cloud9IDE