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What Happens When Software Development Environments Move to the Cloud

Published by Slashdot on Mon, 25 May 2020


An anonymous reader quotes IEEE Spectrum:If you're a newly hired software engineer, setting up your development environment can be tedious. If you're lucky, your company will have a documented, step-by-step process to follow. But this still doesn't guarantee you'll be up and running in no time. When you're tasked with updating your environment, you'll go through the same time-consuming process. With different platforms, tools, versions, and dependencies to grapple with, you'll likely encounter bumps along the way. Austin-based startup Coder aims to ease this process by bringing development environments to the cloud. "We grew up in a time where [Microsoft] Word documents changed to Google Docs. We were curious why this wasn't happening for software engineers," says John A. Entwistle, who founded Coder along with Ammar Bandukwala and Kyle Carberry in 2017. "We thought that if you could move the development environment to the cloud, there would be all sorts of cool workflow benefits." With Coder, software engineers access a preconfigured development environment on a browser using any device, instead of launching an integrated development environment installed on their computers... To ensure security, all source code and related development activities are hosted on a company's infrastructureCoder doesn't host any data. Organizations can deploy Coder on their private servers or on cloud computing platforms such as Amazon Web Services or Google Cloud Platform. This option could be advantageous for banks, defense organizations, and other companies handling sensitive data. One of Coder's customers is the U.S. Air Force, the article points out -- and thats not the only government agency that's interested in their success. When Coder closed $30 million in Series B funding last month (bringing total funding to $43 million), one of their backers was a venture capital firm with ties to America's Central Intelligence Agency.Read more of this story at Slashdot.
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