Everything in the cloud

A few weeks back I finally decided to take the plunge, I decided to purchase a Chromebook. In particular I purchased an HP Chromebook 11.  I’ve actually wanted to purchase them since the first Samsung Chromebook was released. Now that I have one though, I’m kind of in a pickle, what do I use it for.

Since Chromebooks by design are all cloud based I’ve been trying to figure out what kind of cloud based things I can do it it.  Being a developer I had the idea of trying to see if I can do my normal develop in the cloud. I started by taking my question to the twitter universe.

The responses I got were pretty interesting, unfortunately though, no one I spoke with on twitter has used it. Thought they thought it was an interesting idea they brought up something which I found kind of funny, the terminology of “airplane mode”. As most developers know we need to do our job no matter where we are with or without a network connection. To consider to do something completely cloud based is kind of scary. At the same time over the course of the next 30 days I am going to do exactly the opposite.

I decided to take the plunge and go against the grain. My goal is during the course of the next 30 days, develop a web site using only cloud based technologies. To being with I am going to start using Koding for my IDE. I’m really looking forward to the experience of using their IDE. They also reached out to me and asked me if I was going to blog about my experience and thoughts on going cloud based. My goal is to get that started tomorrow as I being tonight.

After my IDE comes where my data is going to be stored. Well as every developer goes, my code will be stored within my github account. From there I’m going to start trying to make use of Travis CI a continuous integration tool. It’s something I’ve wanted to try using for a while now as well and this project gives me a prefect time to give it a shot. Finally my goal is to make use of Travis CI to deploy to a new VPS host I also have been told great things about, Digital Ocean.

Digital Ocean’s cheapest VPS which this project will run perfectly on costs only $5 / month. I haven’t been able to find a cheaper VPS host with as high of a reputation.

So there you have it. Today I being my journey, one which I hope will continue after 30 days, of cloud development. Technically a few of the tools I am going to be using are not cloud based, but they will still assist me in one way or another while I build my new project.

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