Eclipse Che

Getting Started With the Next-Generation Cloud IDE

Eclipse Che

How To Get Started With Eclipse Che Really Fast

The sense of excitement surrounding Eclipse Che has been constantly high since its’ release in early 2016. From the beginning, the cloud-based IDE received outstanding feedback, and it quickly became clear that Eclipse Che is very likely the next step in the evolution of IDEs.

Eclipse Che is not only the evolution of IDEs. It also has a sleek user interface.

What makes Eclipse Che so special and exciting?

Unlike your traditional IDE, Eclipse Che is based in the cloud. This means, you can start programming without first having to install a heavyweight application on your local system. Getting started is easier and faster, and additionally, you become more flexible.

Che bundles projects and Docker-powered runtimes into portable workspaces. You can migrate workspace projects and runtimes to other Che instances, whether you host them locally or in the cloud. With Che, you can truly work from anywhere.

Because Che gives you an on-demand environment, anyone on a development team can contribute to a project at anytime. Without installing software or configuring a workspace. You can collaborate right in the workspace. So, you can also get direct feedback, even before you merge your changes.

Eclipse Che introduces portable workspaces - most easy to organize using the Yatta Eclipse Launcher

How to get started with Eclipse Che

By far the easiest and fastest way to try out Che locally, is to use the free Yatta Eclipse Launcher. The Launcher automates every step and will even help you manage different Che workspaces later on.

To get started with Che:

Looking for the fastest way to try out the next-generation cloud IDE? Hit the “Install Now” button of the Eclipse Che Profile

Now follow the instructions on the download page to start the Eclipse Launcher. Everything else works automatically.

Just a little side note: Because Che has dependencies on Virtualbox and Vagrant, you may be asked if you want to install them before you continue. You can use the Eclipse Launcher for automated installation, but if you want opt for manual installation, you can use the links at the bottom of the page to do so before you continue.

That’s it! After a short while, your browser will open with a running Che installation –and you can try out Eclipse Che by creating a new workspace and projects.

If you already have the Yatta Eclipse Launcher, you can now also install Eclipse Che locally by just selecting the Eclipse Che entry in the Packages Tab.

More possibilities with Eclipse Che

By the way, Che is extensible and ships with a plug-in framework, which allows you to create your own extensions or customize existing plug-ins. The SDK for developing new extensions for Che is available as an Eclipse Profile.

You can get the Eclipse Che Developer Profile here.

Just start up your Eclipse Launcher, hit the install button and wait for the installation to complete.

Bottom Line: There’s a little magic in trying out Eclipse Che. It really feels a little like sneaking a peep at the future of IDE’s.