Fairwell to cloud9?

Im guessing we have no choice but to say goodbye to C9 by december 31st 2019?

Instead of forcing a new platform why didn’t they just slightly raise the price farely with inflation, and create tiers of more projects? If there’s one thing programmers hate is dealing with a new GUI. I’m sure others like me would’ve been willing to pay more than the 19 monthly to continue using c9 on all their projects (with ability to scale larger if wanted at higher or lower plans).

What would be needed to create a platform like this for starting developers at low costs and and keep a close to fee tier?

I would be willing to attempt a creation of an ide server if plenty of others are up for the task. I know they’re systems have a relationship with Docker, which automatically create containers.

They’re plenty of smarter people here who could probably make this better and more dependable plan than AWS, by open source and closed source help.

Vote this message up & messaging me privately would give a better idea of how many people are up for moving forward with a solution, and creating a trustworthy IDE.

Aside I want to give thanks to the c9 team that made me grow to love programming as much as i do today. I am very greateful, and i’m sure others feel the same way about this.



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Another possible alternative is https://coder.com/. It is a cloud-based version of Visual Studio Code. Only downside is that it is a very new product, so there are some small bugs in several places. It can also be self-hosted.

It’s too bad because the value of c9 isn’t just the ide, it’s the container management, collaboration, preview and features like subdomains with an ssl cert. Coder doesn’t have all of that yet (though the ide is very nice).

Other options are codeanywhere.com and eclipse che.

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Our school is moving to https://repl.it/ where the IDE is remarkably similar to C9 and there is no Bezos factor forcing us to assimilate into the borg.

I just would like te conserve the same quality and the simplicity of service provided by Cloud 9.
I dont mind if it run on AWS infratructure but i dont want to have to deal with EC2 instances, S3 file system and soo on.
I just awant two developpe, and nothing else.
Could anyone offer such a service for all of us ?


Codeanywhere has very similar features to C9 (many containers, SSL, subdomains, collaboration, AND you can SSH in from the outside) but I found the editor as it is now to be buggy and frustrating. They just told me they’re working on a complete redesign for the editor that should be out soon ™.

So in the meantime I’ve been using Codeanywhere.com [https://codeanywhere.com/referralsignup/?r=63467220472f643362 for $15 off] for easy container management, and I’ve built a custom stack (like cloning, but they let you create a template image) that includes coder.com 's browser vs-code ide server on a specific port. So any project I create I can go to subdomain.codeanyapp.com:port and it’ll open up VS code IDE to my project’s workspace in the browser, protected by a password. It’s actually pretty awesome - much better editor than C9’s was even. An option for people looking for alternatives that has made me pretty happy for now.

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You should also check out gitpod.io If you use GitHub and don’t want to self-host you won’t be able to find anything better :slight_smile:

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I used C9 for LAMP/WordPress development so I need latest PHP version and MySQL in my environment. I’ve moved to Codeanywhere.com and been using it for a month. I agree @cpath the IDE can be a little frustrating at times, but it’s the easiest and closest dev experience to C9 I’ve found.
Interesting to read about the custom stack you built with VS Code @cpath. Do you have a write-up on the steps you took to set that up?

I’m also with @jpmacveigh - I just want to get in and build solutions without worrying about all the infrastructure setup (otherwise I’d just build on my development machine).
I’ve used AWS on-and-off in different projects over the last 3 years and it’s always been excruciating - a convoluted environment and rubbish documentation. But after purchasing C9 - arguably on of the best dev experiences I’ve had in my 25 years developing - and ruining it, I’ve now boycotted AWS completely. Luckily there’s still Azure, and plenty of other small providers to use and support if you have the time to look.

I installed vscode-server from coder.com and made it a service with systemd to start on startup and restart if it crashes. The service starts it up on a specific port for me, and requests a password to enter the editor from port-xxxx-theproject.codeanyapp.com. I made it a ‘custom stack’ which in codeanywhere basically makes an image of that container and lets you spin up new containers as an exact replica. That became my starting point for every new project.

One issue is that running vscode-server seems to take a fair bit of ram sometimes, so ram heavy projects might run low, seeing as codeanywhere’s highest ram option is 1gb.

An alternative is to download the latest vs code insiders version (the desktop app) and install the remote connection tools they just released: https://code.visualstudio.com/docs/remote/remote-overview. That’s very similar to what vscode-server does, but instead of running on the server and accessed through the browser, you just have an SSH connection you open through the actual desktop app. Works very similarly though, and go-to commands and terminals and all that work much like C9 did.