A cloud IDE is a web-based integrated development platform (IDE).
An IDE is a programming environment that has been packaged as an application, typically consisting of a code editor, a compiler, a debugger, and a graphical user interface (GUI) builder. Frequently, cloud IDEs are not only cloud-based but also designed for the creation of cloud apps. However, some cloud IDEs are optimized for the creation of native apps for smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices.
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The benefits of cloud IDEs include accessibility from anywhere in the world, from any compatible device; minimal-to-nonexistent download and installation; and ease of collaboration among geographically dispersed developers.
The emergence of HTML 5 is often cited as a key enabler of cloud IDEs because that standard supports browser-based development. Other key factors include the increasing trends toward mobility, cloud computing and open source software.
Cloud IDEs include Cloud9, OxE, Neutron, Orion and shiftEdit.