Provides a web based GUI for developing node.js applications. Includes a full featured code editor with integrated debugging.
Installation and Usage
npm install -g devgui cd <node app directory> devgui
This will start a web server on port 3131. You can access it by pointing your browser to: http://localhost:3131.
You can specify a different port using
-p PORT flag.
devgui -p 1234
By default the server will only listen to localhost.
To listen to a different IP or hostname, use the
-l HOSTNAME flag.
If you want to listen to all IP's:
devgui -l 0.0.0.0
If you are listening to all IPs it is adviced to add authentication to the IDE.
You can either do this by adding a reverse proxy in front of the service,
or use the built in basic authentication through the
devgui --username SOMEUSER --password SOMEPW
You may also specify the directory that contains your node.js application using the workspace,
-w DIRECTORY, flag. By default devgui assumes your project is in the current working
directory when the devgui command was run.
devgui -w ~/git/myproject
Status and Goals
This version of devgui is based on on a fork of https://github.com/ajaxorg/cloud9 with a few quick and dirty bug fixes applied. It works well enough to be used for serious node.js application development, but...
The open source cloud9 codebase and many of it's core dependencies, such as APF (https://github.com/ajaxorg/apf), haven't received much attention recently and have very little community support or documentation. It also hasn't kept up with new releases of other dependencies, such as ACE (https://github.com/ajaxorg/ace), the javescript based editor implemenation it uses. I've also found the code to be bit more complex that would be ideal.
In short, while useful in its current form, devgui isn't the lean, focused, and stable node.js application development tool I want it to be.
My origional intent was to incrementally evlove the code base into that tool, but after some consideration I decided that a clean start, still using ACE, would be a better way to go.
That version of devgui is being developed at https://github.com/eyeree/devgui. It will replace the contents of the devgui npm package once it has enough functionality to support the development of itself... but no guarantees that time will ever come.
In the mean time, I hope you find this version of devgui to be useful.
About the Cloud9 IDE
Cloud9 balances the power of traditional desktop IDEs with the simplicity and elegance of editors like TextMate and Sublime.
Cloud9 is built entirely on a web stack, making it the most hacker-friendly IDE today. Fork it, hack it, and if you think others would benefit, issue a pull request on this repo and we'll take a look. If you have any questions, meet us in #cloud9ide on irc.freenode.net or ask us on Twitter @Cloud9IDE.
- High performance ACE text editor with bundled syntax highlighting support for JS, HTML, CSS and mixed modes.
- Integrated debugger for Node.JS applications with views of the call stack, variables, live code execution and live inspector
- Local filesystem is exposed through WebDAV to the IDE, which makes it possible to connect to remote workspaces as well
- Highly extensible through both client-side and server-side plugins
- Sophisticated process management on the server with evented messaging
We support the newer versions of Chrome, Firefox and Safari.
Open Source Projects Used
The Cloud9 IDE couldn't be this cool if it weren't for the wildly productive Node.JS community producing so many high quality software. Main projects that we use as building blocks:
- async.js by fjakobs
- jsDAV by mikedeboer
- connect by senchalabs
- engine.io by LearnBoost
- smith.io by creationix & cadorn
- ace by fjakobs
- apf by ajax.org
- and of course Node.JS!
Thanks to all developers and contributors of these projects!
The GPL version 3, read it at http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.txt