dotCloud Launches New SDK for JavaScript Developers

dotCloud, a platform as a service (PaaS) provider, has announced dotCloud JS, a new software development kit for JavaScript.

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 applications, based entirely on JavaScript and HTML5.

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.

€œThere€™s never been a better time to be a developer,€ said Solomon Hykes, CEO of dotCloud, in a statement. €œThe 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. That€™s what we€™re building with dotCloud JS. It€™s the perfect way to start developing in the cloud.€

dotCloud JS provides a full-featured JavaScript SDK with support for data storage, real-time synchronization, 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.

€œWith 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. €œCloud 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 we€™re building.€

Hykes said developers want things to be simple, €œbut they also don€™t want to be constrained; they want something that€™s open and that€™s what we€™ve 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 €œthe 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.

"We€™re seeing many developers come in and say 'Give us a starting point and we€™ll worry about the platform later,'" Hykes told eWEEK. "We€™re offering a starter pack€”a super-simple development environment that€™s all JavaScript€”that lets developers get started and take advantage of all the benefits of PaaS.€

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