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Cloud9 IDE vs Xcode: What are the differences?

What is 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.

What is Xcode? The complete toolset for building great apps. The Xcode IDE is at the center of the Apple development experience. Tightly integrated with the Cocoa and Cocoa Touch frameworks, Xcode is an incredibly productive environment for building amazing apps for Mac, iPhone, and iPad.

Cloud9 IDE and Xcode are primarily classified as "Cloud IDE" and "Integrated Development Environment" 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, Xcode provides the following key features:

  • Source Editor
  • Assistant Editor
  • Asset Catalog

"Easy to use" is the primary reason why developers consider Cloud9 IDE over the competitors, whereas "IOS Development" was stated as the key factor in picking Xcode.

According to the StackShare community, Xcode has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1039 company stacks & 585 developers stacks; compared to Cloud9 IDE, which is listed in 28 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 Xcode?

The Xcode IDE is at the center of the Apple development experience. Tightly integrated with the Cocoa and Cocoa Touch frameworks, Xcode is an incredibly productive environment for building amazing apps for Mac, iPhone, and iPad.
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What are some alternatives to Cloud9 IDE and Xcode?
Red Hat Codeready Workspaces
Built on the open Eclipse Che project, Red Hat CodeReady Workspaces provides developer workspaces, which include all the tools and the dependencies that are needed to code, build, test, run, and debug applications.
Codeanywhere
A development platform that enables you to not only edit your files from underlying services like FTP, GitHub, Dropbox and the like, but on top of that gives you the ability to collaborate, embed and share through Codeanywhere on any device.
Koding
Koding is a feature rich cloud-based development environment complete with free VMs, an attractive IDE & sudo level terminal access!
Nitrous.IO
Get setup lightning fast in the cloud & code from anywhere, on any machine.
Eclipse Che
Eclipse Che makes Kubernetes development accessible for developer teams, providing one-click developer workspaces and eliminating local environment configuration for your entire team.
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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 Cloud9 IDE and Xcode
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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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Ryan VanBelkum uses XcodeXcode

Even though React Native takes care of most of the heavy lifting, there are still some cases where we need xcode. These cases include app icon integration, mobile deployments, loading screens, ect...

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Refractal uses XcodeXcode

Xcode is our primary development platform for iOS applications, with a very fully featured set of dev tools for the platform. For everything else, there's Sublime Text 3.

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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.

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Nick De Cooman uses XcodeXcode

Experience with Xcode in the context of iOS development. This includes Storyboards, Debugging tools and the Simulator.

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Ujjwal Bhujel uses XcodeXcode

QA and Testing have been so much easier with the help of its simulators on Apple Devices like; iPhones and iPads.

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Promethean TV uses XcodeXcode

PrometheanTV provides SDKs for IOS devices and utilizes the XCode IDE for development and testing purposes.

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InApplet uses Cloud9 IDECloud9 IDE

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

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