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Cloud9 Tips

There are a couple differences between Cloud9 and a local environment. The following tips and adjustments should help you through the curriculum.

No vagrant

Cloud9 doesn't use vagrant, so you can skip any commands that include vagrant.

Running the server

Normally, we run our new rails websites in a terminal window. However, if rails is running, we can't run other commands! If a terminal is running your server with rails server, it won't accept any other commands. You should open a new terminal tab to run the server, so you can continue to run commands in your first terminal tab.

On the bottom of your editor is the console window. If you don't see the console window, click View > Console from the top menu.

Click the small green (+) icon, and then click New Terminal. Opening a new terminal tab in Cloud9

Now you can run rails server here, and still issue commands in your first tab. Running server in Cloud9

http://localhost:3000 doesn't work in Cloud9

Because Cloud9 is a cloud environment, the server is running on Amazon, not your computer. Wherever you see instructions to visit http://localhost:3000, you should instead visit your personal Cloud9 preview URL. Here's how:

First, make sure your server is running.

From the top menu, click Preview > Preview Running Application. Previewing in Cloud9

A small window will appear to the right of the console. Click the indicated icon to pop out the preview to a new browser tab. Previewing in Cloud9

You can now click the small x next to the preview tab to close it. Switch to your new browser tab.

You will now be at your personal preview URL, and it will have the form: https://0881115cc5c34e93aba4a4cd03b99438.vfs.cloud9.us-east-1.amazonaws.com

Initially, it should look something like this: Rails start page

Whenever instructed to go to a URL beginning with http://localhost:3000, you should replace http://localhost:3000 with your personal preview URL.

Images from Michael Hartl's Ruby on Rails Tutorial.