Truly In The Cloud


There are two main cloud IDEs currently available:

Both of these offer zero-installation, completely in the cloud development.  Combine these with a package like Cloudbees or Heroku, and all you need is a web browser to build entire applications.  Not just toy apps, either - real, full applications.

There are a few scenarios that are particularly attractive about a cloud-based IDE.  For example, we do a lot of functional web testing.  Having an entirely cloud-based infrastructure (combining Sauce Labs, for example),  would let a test team work very fast - no need to worry about going back and forth with IT to set up IDEs, jobs, or servers - just click and go.  The sharing features built in to the cloud-based IDEs are particularly nice for collaborative development (e.g. sharing work between the devs and the SDETs).

That said, there's something a little... unnerving about about moving your core development experience to the cloud.  Tools like IntelliJ IDEA and Visual Studio are huge, complex, and powerful.

What do you think?  Have you used a cloud-based IDE?  Would you be willing to give up your normal IDE and switch (or even try) a cloud-based package?