Cloud9 Launches Documentation Site for Node.js Devs
- By John K. Waters
- January 26, 2012
"We've been built on top of Node for one and a half years now," Cloud9 CEO Ruben Daniels told ADTmag. "We noticed that there were some problems with starting developers getting into the Node.js space, because there wasn't a good resource for documentation. We said, OK, we'll invest in that. So we launched NodeManual.org, a reference guide and manual in one."
The company also launched Nodebits.org, a Cloud9-sponsored blog featuring Node.js tutorials, and a tagline: "Bit of inspiration to keep the node spirit alive." The blog will be edited by Tim Caswell, one of three well-known Node.js developers hired by the company. His blog, howtonode.org is well-known in the community. The company also hired Bert Belder and Ben Noordhuis.
"This is where you can learn about new libraries, ways of doing things, and best practices," Daniels said.
The company also plans to provide Node.js and Cloud9 IDE training for "everyone from individual developers to large enterprises."
"We decided, OK if we're going to focus so strongly on making the right tool for Node.js the platform, we should make sure that the platform will become really, really big," Daniels said.
"This is about our commitment to the Node community," Daniels said. "We feel we have a responsibility to provide the community with resources that will help further Node's growth, including things that are currently missing."
The Cloud9 IDE is built with a Node.js backend and offers several Node-specific features, including syntax highlighting, NPM (Node Package Manager) support, code completion, testing and in-browser debugging. It provides version control through GitHub and BitBucket. The IDE also supports HTML/CSS, Ruby, PHP and Coffeescript development. It's available as a hosted service, and it's distributed as open source software under the GNU General Public License.
John K. Waters is the editor in chief of a number of Converge360.com sites, with a focus on high-end development, AI and future tech. He's been writing about cutting-edge technologies and culture of Silicon Valley for more than two decades, and he's written more than a dozen books. He also co-scripted the documentary film Silicon Valley: A 100 Year Renaissance, which aired on PBS. He can be reached at [email protected].