The Top 5 New Features in eXo Cloud IDE

Four months ago we launched, the first free online service eXo has ever provided, and its success has been incredible. Our goal: to be the preferred path for developers to Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) deployments.

Today we are unveiling a major upgrade to the service, with more than 75 new features. I would like to show you my top 5 favorites.

1) Git Support

Git popularity is huge and more and more projects use it to manage their source code. Even some PaaS, such as Heroku or Openshift Express, use it as an application deployment paradigm.

Supporting Git in eXo Cloud IDE was clearly our number 1 priority, and we focused on improving the integration we announced in May at Red Hat Summit. Now we support most of the protocol commands, all natively integrated within eXo Cloud IDE.

As you can see in the first screenshot, we support many Git commands that are exposed in a new Git menu in the IDE. It is possible to init or clone a remote repository, add a file to the index, create a branch, add remote repositories and push the code to different branches on different remote repositories! And at every step of the way, you can view the current status of your repo.


To be able to support private Git repositories, and to communicate with them using the SSH protocol, we have also added the capability to create private and public keys for dedicated domains, and the ability to upload existing private keys and bind them to a domain. In the next screenshots, you can see that I have created 2 private/public keys for the Heroku and GitHub domains, as well as uploaded 2 private keys for Red Hat OpenShift and CloudBees.


It is also possible to browse the version history of Git repositories, see the changes and who made them!


2) OpenShift and Heroku Support

The primary goal of eXo Cloud IDE is to be able to develop apps in the cloud, then deploy them to the different PaaS available in the market. With this upgrade, we now support 3 different PaaS, each that has a different deployment model.

For Heroku and OpenShift, we use some REST commands from the PaaS menu (see the next screenshot) to create applications bound to a Git repository.


Then we use the Git menu to clone and push modifications to this remote repository, such as the OpenShift repo shown in the next screenshot.


We have announced our Red Hat OpenShift support at Red Hat Summit last month in Boston. You can see the video demonstrating how to deploy to OpenShift here.

3) CloudBees Support

For deploying Java apps to CloudBees RUN@cloud PaaS, we only use Git and the CloudBees DEV@cloud service.

A developer first has to create a Java project in eXo Cloud IDE.  Then he has to init that repository and push the code to the CloudBees Git repository (after having registered its public SSH key in the service). From here, we leverage CloudBees DEV@cloud, which uses Maven and Jenkins to manage both the build of the Java WAR artifacts and the deployment to CloudBees RUN@cloud PaaS.


4) Java / JSP support

Java is the language of choice for most eXo developers. In the first version of Cloud IDE a developer could write some REST API in Java using the JAX-RS specification. He could also store structured data inside a Java Content Repository (JCR).

With this upgrade, we now also support standard Java classes (Servlets or POJOs) and Java Server Pages (JSP).

As before, every file has some color syntaxing, code completion and outline. The next screenshot shows those features for a JSP page.


Once the Java and JSP have been written it is possible to deploy them to CloudBees DEV@cloud, which manages the build (it can also manage any unit tests that you add in the Cloud IDE) and the deployment of the generated WAR.

As you can see, you can now create, test and deploy standard Java projects directly in the Cloud.

5) Ruby and PHP Support

With the launch of Red Hat OpenShift Express, we announced support for the Ruby language within eXo Cloud IDE. A developer can quickly create a Ruby file; the IDE provides some color syntaxing, outline and auto completion. A Ruby project can then be deployed to either OpenShift or Heroku, as described previously.


Red Hat OpenShift also supports the PHP language, so it was a great opportunity for us to add support for this dynamic language to our catalog. And of course, we have some color syntaxing, outline and auto completion.

These are my top 5 favorite new features. I hope you will check out the new and improved Cloud IDE and give us your feedback!

For now, we’re getting back to work – this is just the beginning of a new era.

eXo Cloud IDE First to Support Java, Direct PaaS Deployments for Developers

Quick and Easy On-Ramp to PaaS of Choice: CloudBees DEV@cloud and RUN@cloud, Heroku, Red Hat OpenShift

SAN FRANCISCO — July 20, 2011 — eXo, the enterprise Java portal and cloud user experience platform (UXP) company, today announced that eXo Cloud IDE is the first web-based IDE to support Java, extending its support for HTML, JavaScript, Groovy, PHP and Ruby languages. eXo Cloud IDE also offers a quick and easy on-ramp for deploying applications directly to several major Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) including CloudBees, Heroku, and Red Hat OpenShift.

News Highlights

  • About eXo Cloud IDE: Launched in March, eXo Cloud IDE is a multi-tenant, hosted development environment that enables social coding – the collaborative development of applications, gadgets and mashups that can be deployed directly to a PaaS. eXo Cloud IDE is available online at
  • Easy On-Ramp to PaaS Deployments: eXo Cloud IDE now includes a drop-down menu for easily deploying applications to Heroku and Red Hat OpenShift PaaS. By leveraging Git repositories, eXo Cloud IDE allows developers to manage, edit and redeploy changes from the PaaS menu. To deploy Java applications to CloudBees, developers build the apps using the CloudBees DEV@cloud service and deploy via the CloudBees RUN@cloud service.
  • Robust IDE Goes Beyond JavaScript: With eXo Cloud IDE, the company goes beyond basic JavaScript to enable rich, functional development of REST services and Ruby, PHP and Java applications.
    • Java/JSP support has been enhanced to include support for standard Java classes (Servlets or POJOs) and Java Server Pages (JSP). Developers can create standard Java projects in the cloud, and also test and deploy those projects directly to the cloud using Maven and Jenkins via CloudBees DEV@cloud capabilities. eXo Cloud IDE continues to let developers write REST APIs in Groovy using the JAX-RS specification and store structured data inside a Java Content Repository.
    • PHP support gives developers another option for writing applications. As with other languages supported by eXo Cloud IDE – including Ruby – every file has color syntaxing, outline and auto code completion.
  • Improved Git Support: eXo Cloud IDE now features a new, easy-to-use Git menu, which natively integrates protocol commands. This gives developers access to Git controls, as well as visibility into the version history of repositories, without ever having to leave the eXo Cloud IDE domain.

Supporting Quotes

  • Sacha Labourey, founder and CEO of CloudBees: “eXo CloudIDE developers can not only deploy their applications to CloudBees RUN@cloud Java PaaS in a snap, but they can also leverage CloudBees DEV@cloud and benefit from Git code repositories, Jenkins-based Continuous Integration and Maven repositories, all nicely integrated. This provides a complete development and runtime environment in the cloud.”
  • Benjamin Mestrallet, eXo founder and CEO: “The primary goal of eXo Cloud IDE is to provide a cloud service where teams of developers can collaborate and build applications in the language they prefer, while also giving them the freedom and flexibility to deploy their applications to the different cloud platforms available in the market. With this announcement, we now support three different PaaS offerings and their distinct deployment models.”

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