2015 2nd ACM International Conference on Mobile Software Engineering and Systems (MOBILESoft) (2015)
May 16, 2015 to May 17, 2015
Software engineering tools and environments are migrating to the cloud, enabling more people to participate in programming from many more devices. To study this phenomenon in detail, we designed, implemented and deployed Touch Develop (url www.touchdevelop.com), a cloud-based integrated development environment (CIDE), which has been online for the past three years. Touch Develop combines a cross-platform browser-based IDE for the creation of mobile cloud apps, an online programmer/user community, and an app store. A central feature of Touch Develop is to track all program edits, versions, runtime information, bugs, as well user comments, questions and feedback in a single cloud-based repository that is available publicly via Web APIs. In this paper, we examine a key feature of Touch Develop that should be relevant to others creating CIDEs, namely the seamless integration of replicated workspaces, simplified version control and app publishing. An analysis of the Touch Develop repository shows that this combination of capabilities allows users to easily create new versions of apps from existing apps, make changes to other users' apps, and share their results from a variety of devices, including smartphones, tablets and traditional PCs.
Libraries, Keyboards, Mobile communication, Control systems, Computer crashes, History, Context
T. Ball, S. Burckhardt, J. de Halleux, M. Moskal, J. Protzenko and N. Tillmann, "Beyond Open Source: The Touch Develop Cloud-Based Integrated Development Environment," 2015 2nd ACM International Conference on Mobile Software Engineering and Systems (MOBILESoft)(MOBILESOFT), Florence, Italy, 2015, pp. 83-93.