March 12, 2013, 1:50 PM — Given the growing volume of workloads being done in the cloud, ranging from CRM to content sharing to social networking, it's no surprise that software development is moving there, too. The rise in mobile development is also boosting the cloud IDE phenomenon.
Services like Cloud9 IDE, Codenvy, Exadel Tiggzi, the beta Koding.com, and Telerik's beta Icenium are enticing developers to the cloud. They promise ease-of-use and collaboration capabilities, as well as universal access from anywhere and from multiple computers. "I can be anywhere with an Internet connection creating apps. It's convenient," says developer Cheston Contaoi, a user of Tiggzi and owner of Driveframe, which develops mobile applications.
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"The benefit of developing this way is that you eliminate a lot of the failure rate," such as desktop configuration issues, says Codenvy CEO Tyler Jewell.
Why go to the cloud?Mobile application development is a primary use for cloud-based development platforms. For example, Icenium and Tiggzi let developers create native apps for iOS and Android, using a core HTML app within the native app, and Codenvy lets developers create Web apps meant for use on mobile devices.
Developers using cloud-based tooling can partner with public cloud platforms to host their applications. Codenvy, for example, lets developers deploy their apps via Amazon Web Services, CloudBees, and Google App Engine.