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JetBrains Projector gives developers remote access to the IDE — and Swing

Developer tools company JetBrains has launched Projector, a tool and framework to help developers access the IDE anywhere and any time.

Oleg Chirukhin, blogging for JetBrains, says Projector delivers remote network acces for the JetBrains IDEs and Swing apps.

“Even though it is generally a good thing that JetBrains IDEs and apps for the Java graphical widget toolkit Swing are desktop applications, there are a number of corner cases, like thin clients, that require a special approach. This is where Projector comes in,” he explains in the announcement.

Chirukhin says that developers often need to run an IDE on a server, especially if they work in large companies with a lot of infrastructure.

Projector suits high-security or massive requirements, or situations if running code near the runtime or database to reduce roundtrips. It can also be useful on thin clients or when there ar other hardware constraints, or when a local copy of source code is prohibited.

Then there’s the need to run an IDE in a GNU/Linux environment on Windows or the ChromeOS, or if you need to switch off your computer while the app continues to run on the server. Devtest and devprod operations can also benefit, or tasks using virtual machine (VM) or Docker images.

“Projector is a technology rather than an end-user solution. You can use it to customize your own infrastructure to meet the needs of your business,” Chirukhin says.

“You can build anything you want – assuming you have enough technical expertise. The code is open source, so there is nothing restricting you.”

More information on Projector as well as the server-side code is here on GitHub.

( Photo by Artem Beliaikin on Unsplash )

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