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Discussion on: Coding flask websites in an online environment

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Ben Halpern

Between gitpod going open source recently and codespaces getting out of beta at some point, to go along with all the other ones in the space, I think this space may really pick up steam. It seems like web-based development has always been "around the corner", but I feel pretty great about the big picture.

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Brad

I find the single most fascinating part of the idea of "cloud based development environments" is that its actually just computing going full circle.

Way back there was "dumb-terminals" that connected to the large mainframe. I see the future being "dumb-terminals" connecting through the internet connecting to the cloud. Leveraging internet infrastructure, massive computing power available within the cloud, and virtualization means the end user can have a weak/cheap/simple system, but pay for access to what they need from the cloud.

Pay as you go, but for a development environment :D

PS. This trend exists in other facets as-well, such as services like Stadia and GeForce now. What worked for Netflix could work for other subscription services, all of which end up running on what is essentially the cloud.

An interesting time!