Here’s the 451 take:
The idea of a Web-based IDE comes into vogue almost predictably every three to four years, just like all-meat diets. This space is usually plagued with developers scoffing at the idea of coding in a browser, figuring that lag time and other performance problems will ruin their typing. Codenvy is positioning itself as more than just an in-browser IDE, having built its offering as more of an ALM back end that could theoretically be used through any front end. This approach to automating the everyday announcements of a developer’s life, like switching between different projects, standing up different versions of an application to debug, and maintaining the virtual labs needed to run and test the applications being built, makes Codenvy interesting beyond the in-browser IDE du jour play. With 100,000 users and an initial round of funding, Codenvy has a respectable amount of momentum. We’re curious to see how the company expands into ALM and devops services, where there’s much white space to fill out, especially for enterprise customers.
CEO Tyler Jewell’s interview on the DevOpsCafe is excellent as well if you want to check out more about Codenvy.