GitPod, a platform that enables developers to create cloud-hosted development environments and to code in a web browser, has published its source on GitHub. The GitPod service uses containers running in a Kubernetes cluster, providing an ephemeral development environment, with developers generally coding in a web browser using …
This is just a scheme to let developers kick back just like the Office365 users whenever some some dumbass at a major routing node stuffs up a core router again.
Why have half the company not working when the Internet connection goes down for the n-th time this week when you can have the entire company not working?
There is no way we can keep coding local
Oh yeah? Watch me.
This claim is just a variation on "we can't expect developers to have any discipline".
And, of course, there are no failure modes with remote development that anyone might need to worry about. No one ever loses connectivity.
And we have decades of experience with primarily or exclusively remote development to learn from. I still do plenty of remote development today, though I do it properly (ssh to machines several timezones away, GNU screen, bash or ksh, source in Subversion or git, vim, gdb or dbx...). Browser-based IDEs are fine for people who like that sort of thing, I suppose, just like a 1980s Chrysler was fine for people who didn't want a vehicle that was more efficient, reliable, maneuverable, or practical; but to suggest it's the way everyone should write code is typical All-the-world's-an-X myopia.
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