Google Chrome Laptop

With Google launching Chrome Laptop, and if its the hit I think It'll be, it may pay to have Jetbrains offer Pycharm (and others) as a SaaS offering.  I know I'd use it.

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Hello Paul,

PyCharm is a traditional desktop IDE, which needs to be locally installed

in order to function in a reasonable way. I don't see how this could map

to a SaaS model. The only thing we could potentially offer is subscription-based

pricing.

With Google launching Chrome Laptop, and if its the hit I think It'll

be, it may pay to have Jetbrains offer Pycharm (and others) as a SaaS

offering.  I know I'd use it.

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Dmitry Jemerov

Development Lead

JetBrains, Inc.

http://www.jetbrains.com/

"Develop with Pleasure!"

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I don't think offering PyCharm as SaaS would be feasible. You would have to run the entire IDE in the browsers, ideally in pure HTML5 (Does ChromeOS support Java at all?).

That would take a complete rewrite of the entire front-end. Unless the IDE was written with modular front-ends in mind (which is doubtful), this would be more trouble than it's worth. Also, I don't think the filesystem access could be adapted to the browser/server environment as-is.

Let's face it: thin clients are for users, not developers. The only exception would be dumb terminals a la OnLive -- but I don't think JetBrains could easily leverage that.

Development data as in a typical PyCharm project is usually particularly sensitive information. I don't think many businesses would be fine with handing it out to third parties without very strong protection.

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