Tuesday, Jul 09 2013

App Development and the Cloud

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Integrating the cloud into building your app

As the cloud takes a more predominant position in everyday life, it’s replacing old standbys and traditional processes. This leaves many people curious, confused, or concerned. Application development is one area that seems hardly old enough to be set in its ways, and yet many developers are ignoring—or even actively avoiding—working with the cloud.

Even so, the collaborative opportunities of the cloud create an environment in which multiple minds can provide input, and processes can be streamlined to reduce repetitive tasks. There are some great cloud development tools available—read on for some different approaches to developing within the cloud.

Joint Effort

When it comes to working together, one of the best contenders is Cloud9 IDE. This development environment uses multiple languages and provides a collaborative function, ensuring that you can be anywhere in the world, working with others around the globe to write and edit code. You retain your personal environment, while the new app creation takes shape through shared effort. For a far-flung group or a close-knit community, Cloud9 IDE is a great choice for development.

Basic Introduction

For those looking to ease themselves into cloud tools, UmbrellaSDK introduces a cloud-based platform with an easy to learn and use setup. It uses HTML5 and JavaScript, so you can develop apps for both iOS and Android; additionally, the real-time output lets you immediately see the effects of your code, so you can quickly catch a typo or decide against a color. Test the “cloudy” waters with this introductory platform.

Fluent Linguist

If your focus isn’t constrained to a few languages, Codenvy might be your cloud development answer. It utilizes HTML, Ruby, Groovy, JavaScript, and lots more, and the entire platform is geared toward programming in Java. Chances are high that Codenvy supports your tools of choice; if you simply want to relocate to the cloud, this is an outstanding way to do it.

Renewed Flop

Google may have given up on Collide, but the platform is finding new homes throughout the development world. A host of software tools collaborate to bring you an equally collaborative experience, which runs on Java 7 JRE. The source code is out there for the taking, so if you’re feeling adventurous, let Collide take you up into the cloud.

Taking it to the skies

As with every aspect of app development, cloud platform choices depend upon the needs and whims of each developer. These four options are hardly all that’s out there; a little digging will unearth plenty more ways to send your project skyward. But for the befuddled, or just those looking for a little guidance, Cloud9 IDE, UmbrellaSDK, Codenvy, and Collide will all start you on your way to cloud-integrated success.

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