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Everything is going to the cloud

Everything is going to the cloud! As the processing power of computers, internet bandwidth and connection reliability improves, the quantity and availability of cloud-based applications grows each year. (Forbes, 2017)

Think about it, where would you go to watch a music video? It almost certainly wouldn’t be your own Video’s folder; mine is just abandoned, forever sitting there with a folder called “Captures” that was created by some hopeful program that has long since been forgotten.

No if you were to watch a music video it would be on YouTube, or Vimeo or well let’s face it YouTube.

It is not just videos that have been removed from our hard drives to be stored on someone else’s hardware, its pictures and documents too. Long ago I moved to the cloud, loving the ease and usefulness of not having to care about disk failure, distance or device when it came time to access my stuff.

We appear as technology consumers, to be pushing further and further into moving things from our devices to the cloud! So what is the next thing to change?

The latest biggest push appears to be the programs we use. Nowadays you don’t even need to have Office installed on your PC to edit a document, give a presentation or make pretty charts with a spreadsheet. This means that even with a catastrophic PC failure you can just login and carry on, from another computer, at a different location, using a different operating system.

This got me thinking how many of these annoying programs clogging up my old “needs-to-be replaced” SSD can I remove? While scrolling through mercilessly uninstalling everything I come to the biggest program on my computer, “Visual Studio 2017” which, on your PC can vary from 600MB to a whopping 82.58GB! (MSDN, 2017)

There must be a similar solution to the one that allowed the uninstalling of Office. After delving into different solutions I am shown Cloud9 which is a Cloud based IDE.

Brushing the dust from an old Raspberry PI, I installed the latest Cloud9 version from their GitHub and, after all the usual teething issues that you get from using someone else’s code, I managed to create my first program exclusively using a browser based IDE.

Now this tool is a long way from beating Visual Studio Enterprise with Resharper on features alone, and the requirement that you must always be connected to the internet for it to work could cause problems. But with its responsive interaction, built in collaboration and amazing mobility I feel this will soon become the “go to” way in which we write software.

Posted by: April Hickson, Junior Developer | 27 November 2017

Tags: Cloud, Cloud Computing, Cloud Platform

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