Developing Clouds

Nov 30 2013   5:22PM GMT

The Most Compelling Cloud-based Tools of 2013

Michelle Greenlee Michelle Greenlee Profile: Michelle Greenlee


Tis the season of thankfulness, kindness, and the everlasting joy of code editing right from the browser. I am thankful for every hour spent creating these magnificent tools from which I have taken many screen shots and tested on multiple occasions. Your functions, be them many or few, I find fascinating. Broadband connection notwithstanding, I find joy in your simple execution and complex backend computations.

I have test multiple cloud-based development tools and services this year. These are the most compelling thus far (with only one month left in the year):

  • Scratch 2.0 Technically an object-oriented language, this web-based language for kids teaches them the basics of programming while giving them plenty of options for creativity.
  • Draft Version control for geeky writers offers an exceptional toolset wrapped in a pleasing UI. Now with cloud sync.
  • Codenvy Multi-language, full IDE in the cloud lets you work from your browser with ease. Its built-in collaboration tools and extensive library support makes it the IDE of the future. Now with Android app development support!
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Team Edition Online collaboration gets easier with Microsoft. As surprising as it sounds, it’s all true.
  • ShiftEdit Sync and edit with ease with Google Chrome. Technically a Chrome app, this browser-based tool offers a handy onscreen editor and access to your cloud services. Edit and save to your favorite storage service right from Chrome.
  • CSS Deck Online, real-time collaboration and code instruction tool + community that encourages sharing of your CSS projects.
  • QCloud Bristol University’s Quantum Cloud processor will soon be available for almost anyone interested.
  • Wolfram Language Not yet released and already incredibly intriguing. This new language promises ease-of-use and loads of functionality never before seen in other computer programming languages.

That’s my list, what’s on yours? I’m looking forward to a mind-blowing 2014 in the cloud computing. If Murphy’s law hold true, the cloud-based development tools of the future will be even better than we imagine.

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