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Koding vs Nitrous.IO: What are the differences?

Developers describe Koding as "A new way for developers to work". Koding is a feature rich cloud-based development environment complete with free VMs, an attractive IDE & sudo level terminal access!. On the other hand, Nitrous.IO is detailed as "Making coding in the cloud a reality". Get setup lightning fast in the cloud & code from anywhere, on any machine.

Koding and Nitrous.IO can be categorized as "Cloud IDE" tools.

Some of the features offered by Koding are:

  • Free virtual machine (VM) with Ubuntu, root access, apt-get, and many commonly used tools
  • Built-in Terminal with 256-color support
  • All languages, databases, and command-line tools are supported

On the other hand, Nitrous.IO provides the following key features:

  • Code from Anywhere- When you need to fix that emergency bug while on the beach.
  • Get Setup Fast- It only takes a few seconds to get from signup to a fully loaded stack.
  • Not just a Web IDE- Use Vim or Emacs to edit your code, from the terminal or your browser.

"Free" is the primary reason why developers consider Koding over the competitors, whereas "Easy to use" was stated as the key factor in picking Nitrous.IO.

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I am going to learn machine learning and self host an online IDE, the tool that i may use is Python, Anaconda, various python library and etc. which tools should i go for? this may include Java development, web development. Now i have 1 more candidate which are visual studio code online (code server). i will host on google cloud

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The main contenders here are VS code and Eclipse, because Koding is meant to be used by large companies and by devs who know what they are doing. Both VS code and Eclipse have pros and cons, but for someone who wants to learn, VS Code is a much better choice as it has a very simple UI and plugins are easier to find and download.

Eclipse isn't meant for learning purposes and was designed with the intent to be used by professionals. Also it is an amazing IDE for java, but isn't so good in other languages, while VS code is much more efficient in a vast number of languages.

The only likely issue you might be facing with vs code is that, at times, it can be a resource hog, and in extreme cases it is possible to crash. But it is very rare and I recommend you have at least 8GB ram and at least a dual 1.6 GHz CPU.

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Pros of Koding
Pros of Nitrous.IO
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    Built in terminal for vm
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    Free vm with ssh access
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    Real time code collaboration with infinite # of people
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    Built in social network with developers from all over
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    1gb ram on the free plan
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    Active community
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    Good ui
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    Strong alternative of localhosts
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    Free public ip
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    Best online ide
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    Easy and reliable
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    Koding University
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    Koding Package Manager
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    Automated development environment setup system
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    No free VM anymore
  • 26
    Easy to use
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    Useful free plan
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    Web ide
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    Nice Price
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    Good node.js support
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    Works with meteor
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    Desktop Integration Tool
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    Easy cloud deployment
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    Easy setup
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    Fantastic way to learn a new language stack
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    Fast setup
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    ssh access
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    Adjust RAM and HD instantly
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    Clean (and fast) interface
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    GitHub OAuth Support
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    Go support
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    Docker Support
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    One-click github ssh setup
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    Great ruby on rails support
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    Clean Interface

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What is Koding?

Koding is a feature rich cloud-based development environment complete with free VMs, an attractive IDE & sudo level terminal access!

What is Nitrous.IO?

Get setup lightning fast in the cloud & code from anywhere, on any machine.

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