GitPod is a full-fledged development environment like VS Code, but you can access it from any web browser. Let’s take a look.
Cloud technology has revolutionized many aspects of software development. One of the most interesting tools to emerge from the cloud is the cloud development environment, or CDE. Like an IDE, a CDE gives you access to a full-blown development environment, but within a browser. Among top-shelf CDE options, one of the most compelling is GitPod.io. Let’s get a hands-on look at this innovative cloud-based development tool.TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Build a React app with GitPod
- Creating workspaces and projects
- Setting breakpoints in Java code
Build a React app with GitPod
Developers are always yearning for more simplicity in our tools. GitPod makes it simple, indeed, to start a project. To begin, we’ll need a GitPod account, which is free for public repositories. In my case, I already had a GitHub account and GitPod supports federated SSO (single sign-on) with GitHub, so I just logged in that way.
That was easy. GitPod figured out a lot about the example project without any support from us, including what kind of virtual machine to use, what services (like Node.js and NPM) were required, and how to start the project in dev mode using the command:
npm run start.
Also note that GitPod generated a
.gitpod.yaml file to capture what it learned about the project.