Is Now The Right Time For Web-Based IDEs?
Last week I covered CodeBubbles, a concept that adds some fresh thinking to IDEs. But the change in the IDE space doesn't end there. How about never needing to install an IDE on your desktop again?
Today I found CodeRun, an online IDE for ASP.NET, PHP and Ajax applications. Running the IDE requires no downloads, and seems to be a free service. I found it to be a really fast, responsive tool with the same look and feel as any normal development environment. There's full auto-complete available. The only place where things get weird is when you right-click expecting to find a menu that relates to the code. The other thing that bothers me is the fact that there is no Java support.But
Bespin can probably be regarded as one of the pioneers in the online IDE space, but I think CodeRun shows that we can create convincing applications that run on the browser. This is good news for developers who intend buying a tablet/iPad. In theory, you could work on tweaking some code while on the move with your mobile device.
Is this a trend that we can expect to see continue? Or do you think that the IDE's place on the desktop, not in the browser/cloud? I'm sure there must be more online IDEs, so if you've found any, please share them in the comments section.