At its re:Invent conference in Las Vegas today, AWS introduced a new browser-based IDE called AWS Cloud9. A year ago, the firm purchased Cloud9, an integrated development environment. The Ace Editor served as inspiration for Cloud9’s c9.io Integrated Development Environment.
Initially, AWS declined to comment when we learned that they had bought Cloud9. The truth has been verified.
Some of AWS’s rivals, I’m sure, will disagree with the company’s claim that this is the first “cloud native” IDE. Cloud9 is tightly coupled with AWS, allowing developers to set up cloud infrastructure and launch additional instances without leaving the application. According to AWS CTO Werner Vogels, developers that are committed to serverless architectures may use Cloud9 to troubleshoot Lambda operations.
Cloud9’s key selling point to developers will be its seamless compatibility with Amazon Web Services. As a matter of fact, AWS’s rivals Microsoft and Google also provide their own integrated development environments (IDEs) for use in the cloud and on mobile devices (though Visual Studio, for example, also offers plenty of integrations with third-party services).