Cloud9 was founded by Ruben Daniels and Rik Arends. The application offers some exciting features for programmers however some users found that the error identification tool did not work as intended. Areas were singled out as errors when the code had no issues running on other platforms. The run button caused a similar malfunction, stating that there was an error but providing no further documentation or options to help resolve the issue. Despite a few bad experiences, Cloud9 has received primarily positive reviews and responses.
Cloud9 is appealing for a number of reasons. Users can access their work from anywhere as long as they have internet access. This gives coders just one more way to make the best use of their time, even when they are not in the office. The team and group features are also very attractive for businesses and organizations. Users can work together on projects and assign specific projects to individuals within their team.
Cloud9 has a very friendly personality that shows through as the user works. Even though the site uses some appealing colors and stylishly modern graphics, it never leaves the realm of professional. The user interface is well organized and allows the user to jump right into their work. The dark background peeks through from behind the user interface, maintaining the pleasant contrast found throughout the site. Cloud9 offers users a smooth, obstacle-free experience that can help them work more efficiently.
A new use can register for a Cloud9 account by filling out the short form presented in the upper, left hand corner of the homepage. The form asks for a username and email address. Users can also click one of the two square icons below the form to sign in with a BitBucket or GitHub account. Those who fill out the form are advised that an activation email will be sent to their inbox. This must be accessed to complete registration and begin using Cloud9.
Cloud9 provides users with two membership options. The first is a free account that includes access to public projects and FTP features. Team collaboration tools will be added to the free account in the near future. Free accounts are used to create Open Source projects. The Premium account costs $15 per month and includes private projects. New users are given access to a free membership and can upgrade at any time.
Cloud9 is a helpful tool for programmers that need more flexibility in their work environment. The application is entirely web based so the user can access their work from anywhere with internet access. Although the feature list is rather sparse now, it looks promising with the future addition of team collaboration tools. Cloud9 is ideal for individuals and groups with coding projects to complete.