Getting excited about code in the cloud

from labs.mozilla.com

from labs.mozilla.com

[update: thanks for @nickwebb for pointing Bespin out!]

I’ve moaned before about the frustration of not being able to find file hosting that doesn’t mess with the URL’s of the files you upload. I want this so that I can write a bunch of HTML files, stick them online along with your regular image/css/javascript files and have the whole thing work as a website. This is because I DON’T DO SERVERS! (A recent slip has reinforced this.)

So you can imagine my joy at realising that AppJet and the newly released Bespin (from Mozilla Labs) are both on the path to giving me what I want, even thought they are coming at the problem from a completely different angle. Rather than providing file hosting as their reason for being, they have a vision of “code in the cloud” (as Bespin alliteratively calls it).

Although Bepsin is still really very Alpha and doesn’t let you save your own projects, the URL of the sample project preview – https://bespin.mozilla.com/preview/at/SampleProject/index.html – is very reassuring. On the other hand, AppJet gives you a single document to stash all your HTML and JavaScript in, leaving it up to you to define the paths you want available and what happens when you visit them. It is not a very large step to give you a bit more structure to your file storage.

I’m following these projects with interest and particularly look forward to seeing if they develop into fully-blown web hosting apps as well as development environments. If they don’t, there is no reason why a 3rd-party couldn’t set one up themselves… *cough* *cough*

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3 Comments

  1. Saq Imtiaz
    Posted March 2, 2009 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    I realize it’s not a hosting service but I was pleasantly surprised that when you place an HTML file and associated images,js and css files in a public DropBox folder, the whole thing works together flawlessly! Eg: http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/385674/VIC%20demo/index.html

  2. Posted March 2, 2009 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    @saq Cool! I see from the source you seem to have control over the folders too – you have js, css and images folders. This is most exciting.

  3. Saq Imtiaz
    Posted March 9, 2009 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    Yeah Dropbox preserves the entire directory structure in “public” folders. Quite handy for sharing quick prototypes and demos.