Over the last 2 years cloud-based integrated development environments (IDEs) such as Gitpod or GitHub Codespaces have gained a lot of popularity. Devpod is the most recent Open Source technology in this field and there will very likely be more additions in the near future.
With this talk I compare and contrast the features of these technologies opposed to traditional ones and highlight how container technology serves as the base technology to make this happen. This includes the devcontainer specification.
Furthermore, I will explore the advances made in this field and discuss the limitations that still exist.
I will demonstrate the ease and efficiency for developing polyglot, container-based distributed applications. The live demo will show how a developer can start coding away in seconds without the need to set up any build environment for a magnitude of predefined programming languages and frameworks. This includes immediate showcasing of the development results, testing ability and deployment to external Kubernetes environments.
Moreover, I will discuss how cloud IDEs have helped me in teaching distributed systems at university, by ensuring that all my students have a consistent development setup. This will also showcase how these environments can be used to standardize development environments in team projects, making the development process more efficient and streamlined.
Matthias Haeussler
Novatec Consulting GmbH
Matthias Haeussler is Chief Technologist at Novatec Consulting, university lecturer for distributed systems, awarded ambassador of Cloud Foundry and the organizer of the Stuttgart Cloud Foundry Meetup. He advises and enables clients on their cloud-native journey, supports implementations and legacy migrations. Prior to that he was employed at IBM R&D Germany for more than 15 years. He has teaching experience from distributed systems and modern software architecture lectures at multiple universities in Stuttgart (DHBW, HSE, HfT). Besides that he is frequent speaker at various national and international conferences and meetups. (e.g. KubeCon, Devoxx, OSS Summit, Cloud Foundry Summit, Spring IO).