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  • May 15th 2015

    Insourcing Support

    May 15th 2015
    by Brady Dowling

    Some feel support is a necessary evil. I object. The service itself is a labor of love and working with developers who build projects on Cloud9 is truly a joy. With all the smart people we work with and important problems to solve with code, our support process is always empowering and enlightening. The root of all evil lies in bugs, bad UI, and other issues.

  • May 12th 2015

    Behind the scenes: Yellow alerts at Cloud9

    May 12th 2015
    by Tim Robinson

    Here at Cloud9, performance is our #1 priority. We’re all efficiency addicted coders ourselves and understand how frustrating it can be when your primary development tool freezes or has issues. Even the smallest amounts of lag send us into fits of rage. So when performance began to degrade under increased load earlier this year we knew something had to be done.

  • April 30, 2015

    Provo Startup Dojo Hackathon: Ideas, Code, Reality

    April 30, 2015
    by Brady Dowling

    Developers are who they are because they love to solve problems. It is no surprise then that a solution was created by developers Marshall Bean and Rob Weaver for a problem they encountered when using Cloud9 IDE.

  • April 9, 2015

    HackPrinceton: Translation, Charity, Virtual Reality and World Records

    April 9, 2015
    by Brooke Estin

    Historically, New Jersey has not been known as an epicenter of technological innovation. Although the city has been associated with some of the brightest minds of our time, including nearly 40 Nobel laureates, 12 US Supreme Court Justices, 2 Presidents, and numerous living billionaires and foreign heads of states, the city has never been on the map as the place to look for the next big technological game changer.

  • March 17, 2015

    A Look Into The Future: CoderDojo + Cloud9

    March 17, 2015
    by Brooke Estin

    “The number one benefit of information technology is that it empowers people to do what they want to do. It lets people be creative. It lets people be productive. It lets people learn things they didn't think they could learn before, and so in a sense it is all about potential.” - Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO 2000-2014

  • March 11, 2015

    Two Clicks to Awesome: Meteor Workspace

    March 11, 2015
    by Nikolai Onken

    At Cloud9, we take user feedback seriously. Over the past months we have received feedback across the Meteor community about how getting started with Meteor and setting up a new workspace on Cloud9 could be confusing and error prone.

  • February 24, 2015

    Workspace resizing and statistics

    February 24, 2015
    by Nikolai Onken

    Dedicated development machines come with many benefits such as freeing your machine from different software versions required for different projects. Today I am happy to tell you a little more about a new feature called Cloud9 performance stats and workspace resizing which provide you with even more flexibility in your daily coding sessions.

  • February 20, 2015

    New Pricing Plans

    February 20, 2015
    by Nikolai Onken

    Being able to pick the right plan based on your development needs is something many of you wanted for a long time. Today, I am really excited to announce our new pricing plans.

  • February 5, 2015

    Hackathon with Girls in Tech

    February 5, 2015
    by Ivar Pruijn

    Ever had a hairstyler wake you up early on a bad hairday? Or seen a bunch of lights blink as if making first contact when people talk about you on social media?

    We have!

    Last Saturday a group of around 40 developers came together in Amsterdam for a Hackathon, building crazy new ideas by combining APIs from Google, Philips hardware such as the Hue lights, and social media data streams from

  • December 12, 2014

    Girls in Tech Coding Dojo at Cloud9

    December 12, 2014
    by Ivar Pruijn

    Last Wednesday we hosted a really fun Coding Dojo for the Girls in Tech community. With free food, drink and challenges provided we were overwhelmed with the response and had a massive turnout of girls looking to improve their coding craft.

  • December 9, 2014

    The new Flat Light theme for Cloud9

    December 9, 2014
    by Ruben Daniels

    Today I'm happy to share the new flat Cloud9 theme with you. It’s a beautiful new theme that was inspired by iOS8, Google Material and Microsoft’s Metro. It’s flat and light and has a modern look that is retina ready. With this release we also made sure that all Cloud9 components are now theme-able. This is in preparation for our SDK, which allows anyone to create custom themes for Cloud9.

  • December 4, 2014

    Announcing Public Beta for FTP and SFTP mounting support

    December 4, 2014
    by Ruben Daniels

    Cloud9 is the best way to edit your code, no matter where it's stored. With Cloud9 you can connect to your own server via ssh or host your code on our docker based cloud. With this release you can edit code via ftp and sftp in a way that is easy to setup and very simple to use.

  • December 3, 2014

    A better Vim mode and how you can use it to double your productivity

    December 3, 2014
    by Tim Robinson

    If you’re a long time Vim user you may have noticed our Vim support left a lot to be desired. That's all in the past now as Vim support in Cloud9 is now top notch and almost flawless. We decided to overhaul Vim mode and instead of writing it from scratch we used Codemirrors Vim mode and built on top of that.

  • November 25, 2014

    SSDs for Everyone

    November 25, 2014
    by Fabian Jakobs

    As developers we know that the single most important performance improvement of recent computer history did not come from faster CPUs or more RAM. It came in the form of solid state disks (SSD). I still remember replacing the disk in my old MacBook Pro with an SSD and it felt like a new machine afterwards.

  • November 21, 2014

    Cloud9 PHPMyAdmin Support

    November 21, 2014
    by Tim Robinson

    No longer do you have to struggle with updating your MySQL database through the command line, from today Cloud9 has full PHPMyAdmin support. PHPMyAdmin is an easy, fast GUI for managing MySQL tables so you can stop looking up complicated MySQL commands and start writing more code.

  • November 21, 2014

    Tim Robinson joins the Cloud9 team!

    November 20, 2014
    by Nikolai Onken

    We are very excited to welcome Tim Robinson to our team! Finding great developers really is a hard problem and we had to go all the way to Brisbane, Australia to find someone like Tim. Tim is an awesome developer, in the past he built high concurrency real time games in the browser working on similar challenges to those we come across every day. Go take a look at see for yourself, pretty awesome stuff!

  • November 4, 2014

    Cloud9 raises Series B from Balderton Capital

    November 4, 2014
    by Ruben Daniels

    Today we have some exciting news to share with you! We have recently raised a new funding round from Balderton Capital, the leading European venture capitalist investor in tech start-ups. This means we can invest even more in our mission to unlock the benefits of developing software in the cloud!

  • September 29, 2014

    Emmet is here

    October 30, 2014
    by Nikolai Onken

    Are you spending a lot of time writing HTML and CSS and have you improved your typing skills and want to move beyond 250 CPM (characters per minute)? Well, maybe ignore the last part... Emmet is an awesome Cloud9 extension which will help you write HTML and CSS in a much more efficient way.

  • September 29, 2014

    DigitalOcean & Cloud9 <3

    September 29, 2014
    by Nikolai Onken

    One of the awesome benefits of working in the cloud is the fact that you can pick up your work from anywhere, no matter if you have your development machine with you or not.

    The following video shows you how you can set up a DigitalOcean droplet and connect to it via SSH from your Cloud9 environment and have full access to every feature of the machine.

  • September 24, 2014

    Say hello: Terminal Monitor

    September 24, 2014
    by Nikolai Onken

    Have you ever been confused by cryptic terminal messages coming from your applications output? We certainly have, and after spending some time to come up with a workflow we love, we are happy to announce the new and shiny Terminal Monitor.

  • September 17, 2014

    Nikolai Onken joins the Cloud9 team!

    September 17, 2014
    by Ruben Daniels

    We’re excited to welcome Nikolai to the Cloud9 team in Amsterdam. Everyone at Cloud9 is a developer and Nikolai is no different. Nikolai has been writing code since 1996. His first Cloud9 feature has been a terminal monitor that helps users with contextual information when needed. Besides writing code, Nikolai’s responsibilities are partner management and he’s responsible for the Quality of Service for the Cloud9 platform. We’ve got some serious goals in that department and Nikolai is leading that effort.

  • August 20, 2014

    Changelog week 33: Updated docs & IDE improvements

    August 20, 2014
    by Nikolai Onken

    Over the past weeks we have been continuously improving Cloud9 based on your feedback and comments, and we’re happy to share some of the more exciting updates that made it into production the past week.

    We did a few updates to the defaults in the Cloud9 workspaces (which are all Docker containers), so you can get started even faster and don’t have to worry about getting your environment setup before writing a line of code.

  • July 31, 2014

    Browser testing with Cloud9 & Sauce Labs: join us for a free webinar

    August 13, 2014
    by Ivar Pruijn

    Cloud9 tightly integrates with Sauce Labs’ awesome testing solution, which enables you to test your application in 300+ browser/OS platform combinations without ever leaving the Cloud9 online editor!

    On August 29, at 11am PST, Sauce Labs and Cloud9 will provide a free, 30 minute webinar to showcase this integration. Ruben Daniels, Cloud9's CEO, and Jonathan Lipps, Sauce Labs' Director of Ecosystems and Integrations, will walk you through the setup, and how to test & debug across multiple browsers and platforms.


    This webinar will include a Q&A.

  • July 31, 2014

    The new Cloud9: one week later

    31 July 2014
    by Ivar Pruijn

    Last week we released the completely new version of Cloud9. We received many, many amazing responses from all of you on Twitter, HackerNews, ProductHunt, email, etc.

    In this blog post we’ll talk openly and honestly about some of the results of our release and any issues we ran into. We’ll also touch upon any technical challenges that we faced. Though we won’t be able to go into everything, we promise not to hold back!

  • 24 jul 2014

    Announcing the all new Cloud9 development environment!

    24 July 2014
    by Ruben Daniels

    We’re very excited to share the third generation of our cloud-based development environment with the world!

    Today is a big day for all of us at Cloud9. For over a year we worked on a completely new version of our platform and editor. The result is an amazing cloud-based development environment that rivals legacy desktop IDEs on performance, feature set, and usability - and we hope you agree! The new version of Cloud9 is available now via our new website.

  • 07 jul 2014

    Get early access to the new Cloud9 Beta

    07 July 2014
    by Ivar Pruijn

    We recently released the new version of Cloud9 to the first groups of Public Beta users, and we’ve gotten some amazing feedback from this first group of users.

    “The new C9 takes things to a whole new level. It is quick, slick intuitive, more reliable and with Chrome in full screen mode, almost indistinguishable from a desktop application.”

    And now, we’ll give everyone a chance to try out the new Cloud9 Beta right now!

  • 19 jun 2014

    The new Cloud9: now in Public Beta

    19 June 2014
    by Ivar Pruijn

    We’ve got some very exciting news to share: a completely new version of Cloud9 is now available to the first group of Public Beta users!

    Behind the curtains we rewrote most of Cloud9 from the ground up in the past year, and we’re very proud to finally be able to start sharing it.

    Based on your feedback and our experiences over the past 3 years, we’ve built a cloud IDE that can rival any desktop editor and IDE. We can’t give away too much yet, but we’ve made major improvements on reliability, flexibility, speed & UX, and we’ve implemented many new features that greatly improve how you code and build applications in the cloud!