Gitpod today revealed it will add an application programming interface (API) to make cloud development environments (CDEs) more extensible. Gitpod also said Johannes Landgraf assumed the role of single CEO for Gitpod, as the previous co-CEO, Sven Efftinge, becomes the company’s first technical fellow.
Fresh from raising an additional $25 million in funding, Gitpod’s Landgraf said that API will make it easier to build plug-ins for CDEs. In time, Landgraf said, CDEs will become as accessible as any development environment running on a local desktop.
Software engineers typically waste five hours a week maintaining application environments, noted Landgraf. Via an open source development platform, Gitpod automates the provisioning of secure workspaces in the cloud that provide the added benefit of making it easier for multiple developers to collaborate, he added.
Capabilities added to the GitPod product roadmap include dramatically faster startup times, improved resiliency and a Gitpod Cloud offering for larger companies as well as a preview environment and workflows that foster collaboration. Gitpod also announced it passed a SOC2 Type II security audit.
Today, the Gitpod platform is being used by more than 750,000 developers at organizations such as Shopify, Stripe and Slack, noted Landgraf.
One of the longstanding issues that has always been problematic when building software is that code that runs on a local desktop doesn’t always work when deployed in a production environment. The Gitpod API will make it simpler to spin up various platforms and tools whenever a developer accesses a CDE. The goal is to make it possible to more closely replicate the production environments on which developers will ultimately deploy their applications, noted Landgraf.
In addition, a CDE should reduce the amount of data that developers routinely move between laptops and cloud computing environments as they build more complex applications, he added.
In the wake of the economic downturn, there is a lot more focus on developer productivity these days, especially as organizations look to accelerate their of digital business transformations. DevOps teams are also keen to find ways to centrally manage developer experience at a time when many of those developers continue to work from home, said Landgraf.
It’s not clear to what degree CDE will replace integrated development environments (IDEs) running on a local machine, but all the major cloud service providers are encouraging developers to build applications in the cloud where their applications will run. The challenge is that many of those offerings tend to lock developers into a specific cloud platform, noted Landgraf. Most developers today are building applications that need to be deployed across multiple clouds, he added.
One way or another, software development is increasingly shifting to the cloud. Most organizations will likely try to find a balance between the amount of code developed on a local machine that developers can just fire up when the mood strikes and the amount of code developed in the cloud. The most immediate challenge is to make sure the CDE experience is every bit as good as the existing local IDE.