Last time I reviewed the book on Consumption Economics, which explains how technology companies and their products will have to change to survive the brave new world that we’re entering.
So what would we find if we take the lessons from the book and apply them to our own software development environment? I think the answer would be surprisingly close to what I’ve called a Frictionless Development Environment (FDE) before.
To be honest, I’ve only started thinking more systematically about FDEs after reading Consumption Economics. In Five Essential Components of a Frictionless Development Environment, I’ve laid out the major building blocks of an FDE: cloud computing, big data analytics, recommendation engines, plug-in architecture, and open source.
Big data analytics and recommendation engines are big features that are probably not there yet, but could always be added later. What’s more important is to look for a plug-in architecture and particularly for open source. These are fundamental architectural and business decisions.
Using open source as a criterion reduces our list to Cloud9 and Orion. Both have a plug-in architecture. The latter is an Eclipse project, but the former seems more mature. Be sure to follow both Cloud9 and Orion.
So what do you think? Would any of these cloud IDEs work for you? What other open source cloud IDEs are out there?