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JetBrains rolls out remote Space development and Fleet IDE

Developer software specialist JetBrains has expanded its integrated development environment (IDE) capabilities around remote development, including for team-focused Space and new IDE Fleet.

Matt Ellis, blogging for JetBrains, added that with IntelliJ remote development support, users can host source code, toolchain and IDE backend on a remote server, using a local IntelliJ-based thin client to write, navigate, refactor, run, debug and test projects.

“The experience is like working with a locally hosted project and a locally installed JetBrains IDE,” Ellis wrote.

“We’re also introducing orchestration support in JetBrains Space, our all-in-one solution for software teams and projects, to allow automated management of remote development environments as virtual machines in the cloud.”

Space could keep code and dependencies up to date and ready to connect and start working quickly, Ellis said, and now enables creation of a development environment for any repository in a project.

IDEs are supported via JetBrains Gateway bundled with IntelliJ IDEA Ultimate, PyCharm Professional, GoLand, PhpStorm, and RubyMine, with a standalone JetBrains Gateway app for CLion and WebStorm, and support for more IDEs coming soon.

JetBrains’ Valerie Andrianova said it should help users overcome the limits of local machines or slow laptops by separating IDE frontends from the backend.

With remote development in Space, users can tailor VMs by project size, and automatically place inactive dev environments in hibernation after 30 minutes of inactivity, she said.

“You can build a remote development process that lets you speed up onboarding with standardised environments, get a ready-to-use IDE in seconds with pre-built snapshots, and centralise the management of your dev environments,” Andrianova said.

Andrianova noted that with the Fleet IDE, announced at the same time, users will be able to send links to the dev environment to colleagues that enables them to look at, run and debug the code as well as open it in their IDE.

“Currently, a dev environment is able to work with only one project repository,” she said.

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