Apps such as Net2FTP and Pixlr brought web design and site maintenance online for the first time. As cloud computing has gained momentum, more coders are choosing to run, debug and test code online and enjoy the convenience, speed and accessibility of using an online IDE.
Here are five ideas for cloud solutions when could offer a new way to manage your next project.
1. Coderun Studio
The powerful Coderun Studio IDE is free to use, but if you choose to use the cloud deployment service, it will cost from $10 – $169 per month once your 14-day free trial is over.
Codeanywhere offers a limited, ad-supported free plan, with prices running from $49.99 per year for unlimited plans. The website lacks a little refinement, especially compared to some of the other apps on our list.
Ecoder is an open-source application which can be installed on your own web server (*nix or IIS) for easy access to a simple coding solution. The interface is made up of a file browser and editing pane and edits files right off the server, so it’s unsuitable for anyone new to cloud coding, but ideal for expert use. Besides this, a certain amount of technical know-how is needed to configure the app on your own server.
Ecoder is designed more as a quick solution for techies than a true cloud app, and lacks the support and finesse of the other alternatives in the run-down. It is, however, free to use and install, quick to use and incredibly powerful.
Wonderfl is a cloud solution for coding in Action Script 3. It’s a useful sandbox for cloud Flash development with an emphasis on gaming and a strong community aspect. Much like Yahoo Pipes, you can begin your project by forking one of the many templates available to the user base, or you can write your Action Script from scratch if you prefer. The results can be downloaded and saved to your desktop for further modification.
Wonderfl is free to use and offers some great possibilities for Flash experimentation in the cloud without any local software installation required. It’s particularly good for those who couldn’t afford to experiment with Flash via paid desktop software.
5. Zoho Creator
Zoho’s productivity suite is well-established, and the Zoho Creator is just one product in the set. Zoho Creator designed to offer app development to non-coders with drag and drop toolkits, analytics tools and easy data capture features built-in. Users can collect data through apps, build in their own business logic into the process and create custom views for the output. As it’s a cloud offering, the resulting database can be accessed from anywhere.
Although perhaps not initially useful for dry coding, Zoho Creator can be powered by PHP, JSP, ASP.NET or Perl via the Zoho APIs. Zoho Creator can therefore provide a useful interface between business and development in the cloud.
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