First introduced to Codenvy early 2014, on a data abstraction kick of my own and wearing my Dev-hat far more than is customary, i had instantly a real need for burnable abstracted instances and was running USB clones and chrooting with good success, but Docker/lxc containers, and remote app engines offer a real level of isolation for testing. Protecting you, minimizing variables, and freeing the process from most platform constraints, while lessening configuration differences between devs, and adding some order to mockups and trials.
Having our primary interface apps and projects be replicatable, persistable, scalable instances is a dream, but hey students often run econo limited ram machines, some people even have microsoft, others of us not the right kernel compile this time around. This is the challenge. Its a new world, and Codenvy let me harness without waiting for a kernel update, and gave me a great solution. With a fast an intuitive interface, slick dockerfile integrations, I could jump from a pbx install in php to a bootstrap promo, run a vs comparison to settle what framework this mobile app will be built on, mass clone the express repos and burn through some demos, hot link my top 3 instance types to load from my local webroot menu not even a captcha to stop me, love it!
Customizations, Collaborations, local runs, and quite noticeably FAST. 20 sdk’s to put a 3 function mini-website on a phone just for android? Some technologies its like they are trying to waste my time on purpose. Not gonna happen. Codenvy 15 seconds, zero installs locally? Now we’re getting somewhere. Loading up an android image was the only way i ever was going to go. The programming equivalent of terraforming. My $150 chromebook c7 with ubuntu was tossing planets around like nerf balls, just unstoppable. cool…
My season was planned based on hard data trials and test runs rather than speculation, added payroll for consults, or focus groups and circle jerks. They helped me redefine efficiency for the price of a pizza, personal size. The simple but smart interface means no dicking around with tokens and certs and blood samples, or even an email verify you just hit go, and go.
Codenvy stood out early on as one of the few that gave you an os not a web editor clone. Limitless possibilities gets messy fast, they packaged it up lean, smart, and sensibly. The performance is seriously impressive, no thumb twiddling on my trials. Nice to have a machine ready before you are a luxury I rarely experience, and much appreciate. Codenvy earns there paychecks, and helped me earn mine. I look forward to watching their continued success.