During the DevNation General Session today we talked about how we need to rethink some of the basic concepts of software development. We think it’s essential to make developers more effective and get started quickly. Rethinking what and how developers write and debug their code (what we normally call the “IDE”) is central to that.
Today, during the DevNation keynote, Red Hat announced that it is making a strategic investment in Eclipse Che. In this blog post I’ll talk about why, and also where we are starting to contribute.
One of the things that has struck me, that I realized as I’ve worked with Che over the last nine months, is that I had forgotten what the acronym “IDE” stands for — Integrated Development Environment. As I spent more time with Che, I realized that most IDEs and coding tools I used to date have focused heavily on source code (editing, compiling, building, visualizing) and have ignored the environment part — you nearly always have to follow a README to get the application running.
Che has fundamentally rethought the whole development experience, and put source code and environments on an equal level. At Red Hat we feel that Eclipse Che is fundamentally changing the very approach many of us take towards developing software. We think that the notion of a universal workspace is incredibly liberating for developers.
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