Google launches new AI-enabled browser-based development environment 'Project IDX'
'Project IDX', a browser-based development environment with artificial intelligence (AI) support for creating full-stack online and multiplatform applications, has been officially launched by Google.
Instead of creating a new integrated development environment (IDE), Google has built Project IDX on the open-source platform Visual Studio Code that allowed the team to focus on the integration with Codey, Google’s PaLM 2–based foundation model for programming tasks.
Due to Codey, IDX supports smart code completion, a ChatGPT/Bard-like chatbot that can help developers with general coding questions as well as those related specifically to the code they are working on (including the ability to explain it) and the ability to add contextual code actions like "add comments", according to the report. “We spend a lot of time writing code, and recent advances in AI have created big opportunities to make that time more productive,” the IDX team was quoted as saying.
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Project IDX, as a cloud-based IDE, integrates with Google's Firebase Hosting and Google Cloud Functions. Developers can access a Linux-based virtual machine (VM) within each workspace and import existing code from GitHub repositories. Google also intends to include embedded Android and iOS simulators directly in the browser, the report said.
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