Developer workspaces

Eclipse Che provides developer workspaces with everything you need to code, build, test, run, and debug applications:

  • Project source code

  • Web-based integrated development environment (IDE)

  • Tool dependencies needed by developers to work on a project

  • Application runtime: a replica of the environment where the application runs in production

Pods manage each component of a Che workspace. Therefore, everything running in a Che workspace is running inside containers. This makes a Che workspace highly portable.

The embedded browser-based IDE is the point of access for everything running in a Che workspace.

Microsoft Visual Studio Code - Open Source

Microsoft Visual Studio Code - Open Source is the default browser-based IDE.

Che adds these features:

Open VSX registry

The IDE uses the Open VSX registry to list and download extensions. The Che administrator can configure the Open VSX registry URL.

Recommended extensions

The IDE installs automatically the recommended extensions.

Che adds these extensions:

Commands

Translates Devfile commands to Microsoft Visual Studio Code - Open Source tasks.

Procedure
  • To see the drop-down list of available tasks, type: F1 Tasks: Run Task Enter che.

Activity tracker

Tracks events provided by the Microsoft Visual Studio Code - Open Source to determine and stop inactive workspaces. This extension does not save, collect, or store data.

API

Provides helpers to interact with Dev Workspace and Che.

GitHub authentication

Provides support for authenticating to GitHub. It registers the github Authentication Provider that can be leveraged by other extensions. This also provides the GitHub authentication used by Settings Sync.

Port

Detects opening ports and provides redirect URI. When a process starts listening to a port, Che displays a notification with a link to open the resulting resource.

Procedure
  • To display the endpoint list, type: F1 Explorer: Focus on endpoints View Enter.

Remote

Provides commands for the remote authority.

Resource monitor

Monitors resources such as CPU and RAM.

Telemetry

Detects and sends the following events to a backend telemetry plugin listening on http://localhost:${DEVWORKSPACE_TELEMETRY_BACKEND_PORT}:

WORKSPACE_OPENED

Sent when the telemetry extension activates

EDITOR_USED

Sent on the vscode.workspace.onDidChangeTextDocument event

Terminal

Opens a terminal to a Dev Workspace container.