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Cloud9 IDE vs Emacs: What are the differences?

Cloud9 IDE: 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; Emacs: The extensible self-documenting text editor. GNU Emacs is an extensible, customizable text editor—and more. At its core is an interpreter for Emacs Lisp, a dialect of the Lisp programming language with extensions to support text editing.

Cloud9 IDE and Emacs are primarily classified as "Cloud IDE" and "Text Editor" tools respectively.

Some of the features offered by Cloud9 IDE are:

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

On the other hand, Emacs provides the following key features:

  • Content-sensitive editing modes, including syntax coloring, for a variety of file types including plain text, source code, and HTML.
  • Complete built-in documentation, including a tutorial for new users.
  • Full Unicode support for nearly all human languages and their scripts.

"Easy to use" is the primary reason why developers consider Cloud9 IDE over the competitors, whereas "Vast array of extensions" was stated as the key factor in picking Emacs.

According to the StackShare community, Emacs has a broader approval, being mentioned in 99 company stacks & 73 developers stacks; compared to Cloud9 IDE, which is listed in 29 company stacks and 40 developer stacks.

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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.

What is Emacs?

GNU Emacs is an extensible, customizable text editor—and more. At its core is an interpreter for Emacs Lisp, a dialect of the Lisp programming language with extensions to support text editing.
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    What are some alternatives to Cloud9 IDE and Emacs?
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    Reviews of Cloud9 IDE and Emacs
    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 Cloud9 IDE and Emacs
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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
    Avatar of Yaakov Belch
    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.

    Avatar of MyklClason
    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).

    Avatar of Tim De Lange
    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 Yoandy Rodriguez
    Yoandy Rodriguez uses EmacsEmacs

    Emacs is my text editor/frontend to git/ blog editor/ filesystem explorer/ tool for editing remote files.

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    InApplet uses Cloud9 IDECloud9 IDE

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

    Avatar of Mathias Vonende
    Mathias Vonende uses EmacsEmacs

    'The' editor for erlang/otp-systems, integrates niceley with git.

    Avatar of Ismael Arenzana
    Ismael Arenzana uses EmacsEmacs

    Editor of choice. Vi fanboys please don't comment.

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