dotCloud, provider of a popular polyglot
programming platform as a service (PaaS) solution, has announced the release of
dotCloud JS, a new environment for rapid prototyping and development of Web
dotCloud prides itself on making
things easy for developers and IT shops, and now, with just a few lines of
code, Web developers and designers can build full-featured applications and
take advantage of a selection of cloud APIs, without writing a single line of
back-end code or worrying about servers. The beta release includes APIs for
data storage, real-time data synchronization, as well as integrations with the
Twilio and Twitter APIs.
Theres never been a better time to
be a developer, said Solomon Hykes, CEO of dotCloud, in a statement. The
variety of tools available to create applications is mind-blowing; languages,
databases, APIs. However, too much choice can be overwhelming. What the cloud
needs right now is a starter pack, an environment that is super-simple and
lets you build new things very fast, without locking you into a proprietary
straight jacket. Thats what were building with dotCloud JS. Its the perfect
way to start developing in the cloud.
dotCloud JS provides a full-featured
Twitter and Twilio integration; an open stack based on NodeJS, MongoDB, Redis
and websockets; free deployment with unlimited sandbox applications; and a
complete ecosystem of 14 powerful cloud services via the dotCloud platform.
With this release and our recent
announcement of new pricing and support services, we are beginning to redefine
the role of PaaS and its responsibility to developers and IT organizations,
Hykes said. Cloud platforms are now a legitimate alternative for critical
business applications. The technology works and it scales. Smart technology
leaders are looking for the right PaaS vendor that they can trust with
reliability, long-term support and compliance. That trusted vendor is what
Hykes said developers want things to
be simple, but they also dont want to be constrained; they want something
thats open and thats what weve given them, he told eWEEK. dotCloud
launched with support of PHP, Ruby, Perl, Python, Java and Node.js. The company
later added support for MongoDB, Redis and MySQL. Now, dotCloud offers support
for 14 different language, database or framework scenarios to offer the most
choice and the most openness in the industry, Hykes said. With a simple
command, developers can create an automatically managed development and
deployment environment that supports PHP, Ruby, Python, Perl, Java, Node.JS,
MySQL, Redis, RabbitMQ, Solr, MongoDB, PostgreSQL and more.
"Were seeing many developers
come in and say 'Give us a starting point and well worry about the platform
later,'" Hykes told eWEEK. "Were offering a starter packa super-simple
and take advantage of all the benefits of PaaS.
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