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Amazon WorkSpaces vs Cloud9 IDE: What are the differences?

Developers describe Amazon WorkSpaces as "Easily provision cloud-based desktops that allow end-users to access applications and resources". With a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, customers can provision a high-quality desktop experience for any number of users at a cost that is highly competitive with traditional desktops and half the cost of most virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solutions. End-users can access the documents, applications and resources they need with the device of their choice, including laptops, iPad, Kindle Fire, or Android tablets. On the other hand, Cloud9 IDE is detailed as "Your development environment, in the cloud". Cloud9 provides a development environment in the cloud. Cloud9 enables developers to get started with coding immediately with pre-setup environments called workspaces, collaborate with their peers with collaborative coding features, and build web apps with features like live preview and browser compatibility testing. It supports more than 40 languages, with class A support for PHP, Ruby, Python, JavaScript/Node.js, and Go.

Amazon WorkSpaces can be classified as a tool in the "Virtual Desktop" category, while Cloud9 IDE is grouped under "Cloud IDE".

Some of the features offered by Amazon WorkSpaces are:

  • Support Multiple Devices- Users can access their Amazon WorkSpaces using their choice of device, such as a laptop computer (Mac OS or Windows), iPad, Kindle Fire, or Android tablet.
  • Keep Your Data Secure and Available- Amazon WorkSpaces provides each user with access to persistent storage in the AWS cloud. When users access their desktops using Amazon WorkSpaces, you control whether your corporate data is stored on multiple client devices, helping you keep your data secure.
  • Choose the Hardware and Software you need- Amazon WorkSpaces offers a choice of bundles providing different amounts of CPU, memory, and storage so you can match your Amazon WorkSpaces to your requirements. Amazon WorkSpaces offers preinstalled applications (including Microsoft Office) or you can bring your own licensed software.

On the other hand, Cloud9 IDE provides the following key features:

  • Real-time collaboration and chat
  • Connect via SSH and FTP
  • Code Completion (suggestions)

LinkedIn, Heroku, and Salesforce are some of the popular companies that use Cloud9 IDE, whereas Amazon WorkSpaces is used by HigherMe, Amazon, and Shelf. Cloud9 IDE has a broader approval, being mentioned in 29 company stacks & 40 developers stacks; compared to Amazon WorkSpaces, which is listed in 5 company stacks and 6 developer stacks.

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What is Amazon WorkSpaces?

With a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, customers can provision a high-quality desktop experience for any number of users at a cost that is highly competitive with traditional desktops and half the cost of most virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solutions. End-users can access the documents, applications and resources they need with the device of their choice, including laptops, iPad, Kindle Fire, or Android tablets.

What is Cloud9 IDE?

Cloud9 provides a development environment in the cloud. Cloud9 enables developers to get started with coding immediately with pre-setup environments called workspaces, collaborate with their peers with collaborative coding features, and build web apps with features like live preview and browser compatibility testing. It supports more than 40 languages, with class A support for PHP, Ruby, Python, JavaScript/Node.js, and Go.
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      Amazon EC2
      It is a web service that provides resizable compute capacity in the cloud. It is designed to make web-scale computing easier for developers.
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      Stimulate workforce productivity by delivering a consistent, intuitive, and collaborative computing experience across all devices—anytime, anywhere. Manage, secure and back up end-user assets and applications from one place. Protect against compliance risk with policy-driven access. Streamline and simplify operations by turning disparate operating systems, applications, and data into centralized services delivered on any device.
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      Review ofCloud9 IDECloud9 IDE
      • I use a Cloud9 micro plan and connect SSH workspaces to Google Compute Engine instances.

      • For me, Cloud 9 has good documentation, and it's relatively quick to install on my Debian instances using the Cloud 9 install script.

      • I prefer a cloud-based IDE since I don't want to spend resources on my local or remote machines running or maintaining an IDE.

      • As of Dec 2015, Cloud9 doesn't support debugging in Python. However, this hasn't been a problem for me since I use pdb for debugging and pytest for testing. I use the IDE mostly for code navigation, autocomplete, and managing packages with many files.

      • Related blog post with example usage: Running an IPython Notebook on Google Compute Engine from Chrome

      Review ofCloud9 IDECloud9 IDE

      I've tried to use Cloud9, but I really don't like it. They say it has real-time collaboration, and it does — but only for 2 people, because the backend shuts everything down and lets nobody access anything if more than 2 people want to use it. The UI looks pretty bad, Cloud9 is completely inaccessible from mobile devices, and it freezes my computer because it uses so much memory. It's free and they will host your files for free, but I much prefer GitHub.

      Review ofCloud9 IDECloud9 IDE

      I don't like Cloud9 because when several people(even 4) are on the workspace, the entire thing lags out. Really frustrating

      How developers use Amazon WorkSpaces and Cloud9 IDE
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      Samuel Harrold uses Cloud9 IDECloud9 IDE
      • I use a Cloud9 micro plan and connect SSH workspaces to Google Compute Engine instances.
      • For me, Cloud 9 has good documentation, and it's relatively quick to install on my Debian instances using the Cloud 9 install script.
      • I prefer a cloud-based IDE since I don't want to spend resources on my local or remote machines running or maintaining an IDE.
      • As of Dec 2015, Cloud9 doesn't support debugging in Python. However, this hasn't been a problem for me since I use pdb for debugging and pytest for testing. I use the IDE mostly for code navigation, autocomplete, and managing packages with many files.
      • Related blog post with example usage: Running an IPython Notebook on Google Compute Engine from Chrome
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      Volkan Özçelik uses Amazon WorkSpacesAmazon WorkSpaces

      I use AWS Workspaces for several things:

      1. As a AWS-secured bastion host to connect to my infra.
      2. As a "research machine" that I can use its upstream and downstream speed to do google searches, computations and downloads (only my 1Gbps office network beats their ~500mbps downlink speed; articles load in the blink of an eye; any download is almost instant).
      3. An alternative development environment to test my tooling (how does that electron binary work in windows?)
      4. A secure backup medium.
      5. A mini-staging environment that also has great connectivity.
      6. And an extension to my current Desktop.
      7. And more…

      Their desktop client, especially for Windows, work amazingly well. And they deliver what they promise.

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      Yaakov Belch uses Cloud9 IDECloud9 IDE

      I use the clound9 IDE mainly in my training courses: Students don't need to install anything on their Laptops to participate in the live exercises.

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      MyklClason uses Cloud9 IDECloud9 IDE

      I use Cloud9 as my preferred Rails development environment. It saves me a lot time and trouble compared to developing locally (I run Windows).

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      Tim De Lange uses Cloud9 IDECloud9 IDE

      Quick testing of frameworks without having to install on my own PC.

      Very useful when you cannot use your own computer.

      Avatar of InApplet
      InApplet uses Cloud9 IDECloud9 IDE

      IDE online onde é desenvolvido nosso código-fonte, recomendamos Cloud9

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