Truly Integrated Development Environment

When people say IDE most of the time they mean just glorified text editor, sometimes with the debugger, sometimes with autocompletion. In my opinion, the text editor is not enough to qualify as a development environment. As well we will need:

  • a compiler (or interpreter, or transpiler, etc)
  • an automation tool (make or similar)
  • a package manager (bundleryarncargo or similar)
  • probably a version switcher (rbenvnvmrustup or similar)
  • language server for more intelligent autocompletion (solargraphtypescriptflowgocode or similar)
  • a linter or a type checker (rubocopeslint or similar)
  • a formatter (prettiergofmt or similar)
  • maybe a shell (bashzsh or similar) and git


Recently I found a potential solution for a truly integrated development environment: Docker + “cloud IDE” (in-browser IDE). We can pack all tools in Docker container and some “cloud” IDE and configure all tools to work together, then you would use one command to run Docker container and fully working editor will be available in the browser.

I wasn’t the first one to come up with this idea, so there are some options:


docker run -it -p 3000:3000 -v "$(pwd):/home/project:cached" theiaide/theia


docker run -it -p -v "${PWD}:/home/coder/project" codercom/code-server --allow-http --no-auth

Eclipse Che:

docker run -ti -v /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock -v /local/path:/data eclipse/che start
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