Monday, April 28th, 2008

Aptana Cloud: Develop on your desktop, sync out to the cloud

Category: Aptana, Cloud, JavaScript

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Aptana have announced their cloud platform initiative, Aptana Cloud.

Aptana Cloud plugs right into your IDE to provide instant deployment, smart synchronization, and seamless migration as you scale. Aptana Cloud is ideal for developers who use scripting languages to create Ajax, Facebook, mySpace and all other sorts of Web applications.

The key is that this isn’t a infrastructure play, which they clearly point out:

Aptana Cloud is architected to complement Cloud infrastructure providers like Amazon, Google, Joyent and others. To get started we’ve selected Joyent who serves up some of the largest of all Facebook apps.

This shows that their platform is designed to go meta, allowing you to deploy to various clouds in the future.

I think that the number one meme from Web 2.0 Expo last week was the “cloud”, coming off of the excitement of Google App Engine. With Aptana Cloud we will see sophisticated tools to make us productive in the cloud. I am very excited to see that it won’t be too long until developers will be able to build an application, hit DEPLOY, and be done. This is a huge win.

For developers:

  • IDE plug-in integrates Cloud development, deployment and management life-cycles right into Aptana Studio in either its standalone or Eclipse based editions
  • Instant deployment of projects to Cloud
  • One click sync your project to the Cloud, or provide fine grained sync control too
  • Integrated service management consoles
  • Configure desired memory size and disk size
  • Develop and instantly preview remote files right inside your Studio desktop environment
  • Subversion source control.

As Ajax developers, the vision of Jaxer in the cloud is very interesting too. The entire application using JavaScript, and deployed up into the cloud, all through the nice IDE.

I was also pleased to read that not only Ruby on Rails, but Python is on the docket. After developing Django applications and playing with Google App Engine, I would love to be able to use Studio for Python code too. Not that Emacs (X or GNU) isn’t great, Steve!

Darryl Taft wrote:

Aptana adds extra value via IDE integration, deployment automation and active monitoring and notification services, Hakman said. “It’s like the ease and simplicity between iTunes on your desktop and its connectivity to services on the Web,” he said.

For developers, the IDE plug-in integrates cloud development, deployment and management lifecycles right into Aptana Studio in either its standalone or Eclipse-based editions, Hakman said. “The ability to deploy stuff to the cloud from Eclipse is part of this as well.”

Other developer features include instant deployment of projects to the cloud; one click can sync your project to the cloud or provide fine-grained sync control; the technology features integrated cloud services management, enables users to provision their cloud right from Aptana Studio, configure desired memory size and disk size, develop and instantly preview remote files right inside the Studio desktop environment, and includes Subversion Source Control.

Can’t wait go get an invite. If you want one too, request an account.

Also, Aptana Studio just passed 1,5 million downloads. Impressive.

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“plugs right into your IDE”

That includes Visual Studio 2008 ?

Comment by Steve — April 28, 2008

re: VS2008 … Aptana Cloud IDE plug-in will support Aptana Studio/Eclipse to start.

Comment by khakman2 — April 28, 2008

So no Netbeans either, then?

Comment by Andy Stevens — April 29, 2008

I use Microsoft Works to write my Prolog code. How long before I get support?

Comment by Jerome — April 29, 2008

Another big win for Aptana. Those guys keep adding functionality and at this point it seems that they’ve really presented an “all-in-one-box” solution for rich JavaScript application development.

Comment by jdempcy — May 8, 2008

March 2009 update: Aptana Cloud (now called Aptana Cloud Connect since it connects the Aptana Studio IDE to your apps running in 3rd party cloud data centers) now also supports Ruby on Rails, PHP, and Java apps. Python support is next on the agenda.

-Kevin @ Aptana.

Comment by khakman2 — March 24, 2009

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