Hello Gitpod

Posted by Andrea Falzetti on April 26, 2022

I meant to write this blog post a month ago, but… life happened :)

I generally write technical articles on my blog rather than talking about my personal life, but 4 years ago, I wrote Hello DAZN, and I want to keep up with the tradition, so… Hello Gitpod 🧡

At the beginning of March this year, I’ve joined gitpod.io

gitpod

I’ve spent the last few years at DAZN, focusing on DevX (Developer Experience), empowering fellow engineers to get their job done smoothly and efficiently.

In 2018, I was already speaking about DevX.

But, it’s thanks to Cirpo and the DAZN DX team that I realised how much I liked the subject.

When I heard about Gitpod, it was the same day GitHub announced Codespaces, and my colleague Lou announced he would join Gitpod.

Since that day, I’ve become a user, a customer, and a community member of Gitpod because I immediately saw the benefits of a cloud development environment. I started using it for day-to-day work.

Over time, I gitpodified most of my repositories.

In fact, I am writing this very blog post which requires Jekyll to run using Gitpod.

You might think I am exaggerating, and it’s overkill to gitpodify my own blog…

Assuming you have already cloned the repo locally and installed the project dependencies, starting a new blog post with Jekyll requires you to locate the project on your machine, open your favourite editor, open the terminal, launch Jekyll, etc.

With Gitpod, all I have to do is press this green button :)

gitpod-btn

And in matter of seconds, I have VS Code open in the cloud, Jekyll up and running thanks to Gitpod automatically running for me these commands:

git clone ..

bundle install ⬇️

bundle exec Jekyll serve --watch --drafts

# > open VS Code

# > open browser with live preview

😎

Enough with selling Gitpod.

In conclusion, I want to say that I am incredibly enthusiastic to have the opportunity to impact the Developer Experience of thousands of developers and shape the future of Cloud Development Environments 🧡 ✨

Thanks 🙏👋

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