One of the challenges I encountered when starting Hedera development was the need for a Web IDE specifically for Hedera, similar to Remix in Ethereum, which simplifies Ethereum development. A Web IDE for Hedera would have made deploying contracts and performing functional testing much easier and streamlined. However, at that time, such a tool was unavailable for Hedera development.
A web-based Integrated Development Environment (IDE) is a software tool that allows developers to write, edit, and debug code from a web browser. Web IDEs provide a range of features and tools to make it easier for developers to write, test, and deploy code. Some of the benefits of using a web IDE include:
Convenience: Web IDEs can be accessed from any device with an internet connection, making it easy for developers to work from anywhere.
Collaboration: Many web IDEs include collaboration features, allowing multiple developers to work on the same project simultaneously.
Integrated tools: Web IDEs often include a range of integrated tools, such as version control systems, code editors, and debugging tools, making it easier for developers to manage their projects.
Customization: Web IDEs can often be customized to suit the needs of individual developers or teams, allowing them to tailor the tool to their specific workflow.
Overall, a web IDE can greatly improve a developer’s productivity by providing a convenient and feature-rich environment for writing, testing, and deploying code.
After prolonged research, I realized that Remix could be used as an IDE for Hedera after tweaking it a bit. Ethereum Remix is a web-based development environment that allows developers to write, test, and deploy Ethereum smart contracts. It is an open-source tool built on the Remix IDE, a browser-based platform for writing and debugging Solidity contracts.
HashMix IDE is an open-source web IDE forked from Remix. It fosters a fast development cycle and has a rich set of plugins with intuitive GUIs. HashMix can be used for the entire journey of contract development with Solidity language and as a playground for learning and teaching Hedera.