I wanted to share with you my thoughts on web dev environments and sum up my opinions.
I can categorize feedbacks in two, most (99%) say they love it and think this is the way to go, and some (1%) think that this is way behind their desktop environments.
And I agree with both. I think the important point is that we should never forget how we have started out. We have all been there, just remind yourself how difficult it was to setup a development environment on your local machine, or remember your face when you first saw Eclipse.
When I check for example coderun, I remember the days that I was trying to get Visual Studio running on my PC. I remember, getting a running VS with correct .NET libraries costed me at least days and nights when it was first out. Now if I go to their website, I can run a .NET code in around 10 seconds. If this was there in the past, I might have become a good .Net developer instead of giving up on it.
I remember when I was looking for a good code editor, a good hosting company. I remember turning on my first Linux, trying to setup MySQL, Apache with correct modules. All these are now past, right now, it doesn’t cost me more than 3 minutes to setup everything I need after 10 years of experience. But I decided to share my experience and create something very useful for those who doesn’t want to deal with stuff that they don’t have to deal with. I’d much prefer them to go through those years tackling brand new challenges and create great products.
I also see tremendous value in what we are doing, by we I do not only mean Kodingen, I see there is codeslam, phpanywhere, bespin, pixlr, aviary and lots of others that are trying to help you do what you want to do.
Surely, the time will come and web will become the one and only thing you need to do most of your tasks that you can’t even imagine today. I think very soon, web editors will be no less than Eclipse or VS. We are surely committed to get there, and we will get there. And when we do, things that we can achieve will be far beyond code editing.
And I hope to see you there, in the future.