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Introducing Android emulators, iOS simulators, and different product updates from Undertaking IDX

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Six months in the past, we launched Undertaking IDX, an experimental, cloud-based workspace for full-stack, multiplatform software program improvement. We constructed Undertaking IDX to simplify and streamline the developer workflow, aiming to scale back the ocean of complexities historically related to app improvement. It actually looks like we have piqued your curiosity, and we love seeing what IDX has helped you construct.

For instance, we just lately realized about Tanaki, an AI-enhanced content material creation app constructed utilizing Undertaking IDX:

Image of content creation app Tanaki on a mobile device in the foreground, with coding in Project IDX on a computer screen in the banckgound.

Pasquale D’Silva one of many builders that constructed Tanaki, mentioned:

“Utilizing the IDX shared workspace to construct Tanaki has been so enjoyable. It permits our distant workforce of imagineers to construct collectively in a single place. It’s a magic collaboration portal!”

Builders at Google have additionally been utilizing IDX internally to assist velocity up improvement throughout varied initiatives. One instance is the the Firebase Weblog, the place the total authoring, improvement, and deployment of the Astro-powered undertaking is dealt with utilizing IDX:

Screen grab of The Firebase Blog on a computer

One other attention-grabbing undertaking leveraging IDX’s extensibility mannequin is Malloy, a brand new open-source knowledge language out there as a VS Code extension that operates towards databases like BigQuery:

Screen grab of Malloy in Project IDX

Lloyd Tabb, a Distinguished Software program Engineer at Google, informed us:

“I take advantage of IDX with the Malloy undertaking. I usually have a number of totally different knowledge initiatives going concurrently and IDX lets me rapidly spin up an occasion to resolve an issue and it’s trivial to configure.”

If you wish to share what IDX has helped you construct, use the #ProjectIDX tag on X.

What’s new in IDX?

Along with seeing the way you’re utilizing IDX, a key a part of constructing Undertaking IDX is your suggestions, so we’ve continued to roll out options so that you can take a look at. We’re excited to share the newest updates we have carried out to expedite and streamline multiplatform app improvement, so you’ll be able to ship with velocity, ease and high quality.

Preview your app instantly in IDX with our iOS simulator and Android emulator

We’re bringing the iOS Simulator and Android Emulator to the browser. Whether or not you’re constructing a Flutter or net app, Undertaking IDX now lets you preview your functions with out having to depart your workspace. Whenever you use a Flutter or net template, Undertaking IDX intelligently hundreds the suitable preview setting in your utility — Safari cell and Chrome for net templates, or Android, iOS, and Chrome for Flutter templates.

Screen grab of an animation project in Project IDX

IDX’s net and Android emulators let you develop, take a look at, and debug instantly out of your workspace, consolidating your multi-step, multiplatform course of into one place. With iOS simulation you’ll be able to spot-check your app’s structure and conduct whilst you work. This characteristic continues to be experimental, so you’ll want to check it out and ship us suggestions.

Get began quick with a wealthy library of undertaking templates

4 of our prime ten characteristic requests have been to help extra templates, so we’re happy to share that we’ve added new templates for Astro, Go, Python/Flask, Qwik, Lit, Preact, Stable.js, and Node.js. Use these templates to leap proper into your undertaking so you’ll be able to spend much less time organising and extra time creating.

Preview of template gallery in Project IDX
Try our new and improved template gallery

After all you’ll be able to nonetheless import your individual repo from GitHub, instantly out of your native recordsdata, or you’ll be able to select your individual setup utilizing a customized Nix setting.

Rapidly construct and customise your IDX workspace with enhancements to Nix


IDX makes use of Nix to outline the setting configuration for every workspace to present you flexibility and extensibility in IDX – even our templates and previews are configured utilizing Nix to make sure they’re working accurately inside IDX. We’re constantly engaged on Nix enhancements to assist increase your productiveness, so now you’ll be able to:

  • Customise IDX starter templates simply by leveraging Nix extensibility.
  • Cut back the chance of errors and write code extra effectively with Nix file modifying, together with help for syntax highlighting, error detection, and recommended code completions.
  • Get better from damaged configurations rapidly and keep away from pointless rebuild makes an attempt with main enhancements to the environment customization workflow, together with seamless setting rebuilds and troubleshooting.

Simply construct, take a look at, and deploy apps with extra new IDX options and assets

image showing backend ports and workspace tasks in IDX

  • Auto-detect community ports wanted for functions or providers and regulate the firewall settings to allow ingress and egress with none extra configuration in your finish.
  • Immediately run command-line instruments, scripts, and utilities instantly inside workspace with out the necessity to set up them regionally in your machine.
  • Simplify the method of working with Docker containers and pictures instantly from the event setting by enabling Docker in your dev.nix file.

AI launched in 15 new areas

image showing backend ports and workspace tasks in IDX

We’ve launched our AI capabilities within the following 15 international locations: India, Australia, Israel, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Peru, Chile, Singapore, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Canada, Japan, and South Korea. Extra international locations will likely be enabled with AI entry quickly – point out your curiosity for AI growth on this characteristic monitoring publish and keep tuned for extra AI updates.

Bettering collectively

We’re continually engaged on including new capabilities that can assist you do greater high quality work, extra effectively, with much less friction. We’ve addressed dozens of your characteristic requests and stuck a mess of bugs you flagged for us, so thanks in your continued help and engagement – please preserve the suggestions coming by submitting bugs and characteristic requests.

For walkthroughs and extra info on all of the options talked about above, try our documentation web page. If you happen to haven’t already, go to our web site to enroll to strive Undertaking IDX and be part of us on our journey. Additionally, you’ll want to try our new Undertaking IDX Weblog for the newest product bulletins and updates from the workforce.

We will’t wait to see what you create with Undertaking IDX!

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