As I’ve told you on the previous post, I began to explore its valuable features after I got the Unlimited plan from Gitpod.io team. Here are the valuable things that make Gitpod.io service interesting, after I do my exploration.
Seamless Github integration
This is the first feature I explore. I wonder how well it’s integrating to Github platform.
I start with the registration process. After I click that Get started button on their pricing page, I get a Github sign-in page.
Once I sign-in using the Github account, it will ask authorization access. Just like the typical OAuth process.
Since they’ve granted the Unlimited plan for me, I get my dashboard after I sign-in with my Github account.
To create a new workspace from your existing Github repository page, there are two ways.
- Manually append the gitpod.io# in front of the existing Github repository like this: gitpod.io#github.com/kevinhq/css-js-query-string-remover-wordpress-plugin
- Or install its browser extension if you’re using Chrome or Firefox.
As far as I know, there is no way to create a workspace without going through the Github repository page. If you know the way to do this, please let me know.
For open source project, just go with their Free plan. Go with a Personal plan for 8€ / month for your personal project. You need an Unlimited plan if you’re on a commercial project. Its price is 35€ / month.
It would be 30% off for the first three months if you’re using my discount code: KEVINHQ
It’s a reasonable price though it looks pricier compared to the old Cloud9 IDE. Keep reading and you’ll know why it’s more expensive.
It has a growing community. You can check it here: https://spectrum.chat/gitpod?tab=posts. Growing community means more supports if you face any problems.
Good UI and UX
If you used to work with old Cloud9 IDE, its default theme is light. But, Gitpod makes its default theme dark. Though there’s an option to switch between dark and light. I prefer the dark than the light one.
They write the full documentation on this page: https://www.gitpod.io/docs/. It’s pretty straightforward.
It loads fast. You can start to work on the codes real quick. You can start right away from your Github repository. No need to clone or do git pull first.
Easy for those who are familiar with Docker
It works using the Docker. Therefore, you’ll be able to install any packages you need on the workspace by adding the Docker image for that package.
Free for open source
Have I mentioned it before? You can use it for your open source project for free. No question asked. Just use their Free plan and you get unlimited public workspaces to work on your projects.
Special price for student
Similar to old Cloud9.io, there’s a special price for students too. So, if you’re a student, don’t miss this chance.
Available for teams
For those who need to manage teams to work on the project, Gitpod provides them with Gitpod for the team. It’s a feature that helps you to manage your teams using Gitpod in one place.
Support for mainstream languages
As always, the IDE supports most of the mainstream programming languages like Java, PHP, and Ruby.
Dedicated status page
Like Cloud9 and other alternatives IDE, Gitpod gives us a dedicated status page. Therefore, if any of its users are facing problems with IDE, the first page to look is https://status.gitpod.io/
Gitpod may not be the best cloud IDE for Cloud9 replacement. However, if your project is using Github, it’s worth to try its service. So far, it’s the only cloud IDE that supports integration with Github seamlessly.
Therefore, for those who’re looking for cloud IDE which they can set up easily and quickly with Github, Gitpod.io is the best answer.
SO, those are the most valuable things that make Gitpod.io service interesting. I hope you’re interested to give it a try.