Developing on a dedicated server
I find developing on a dedicated machine to be beneficial in many ways:
Portable lifestyle: Full access to powerful development environment regardless of where I’m. I could be in a coffee shop with a lightweight 2-in-1 computer.
Portable performance: For lifestyle reasons, I am stuck with the maximum power laptops could offer. Even my “mobile workstation” Thinkpad P71 cannot match the CPU performance of the dedicated server, which compiles GHCJS Haskell projects way faster.
Revival of the thin client
My next portable computer will likely be a Chromebook with retina-quality display and Thunderbolt support (for connecting to the 5k display). At the moment, however, I’m content with using the too-powerful P71 as a “thin client” to the dedicated server (when at home office), or taking the aging Macbook Pro 2014 to cafes and parks.
- Requires reliable internet connection all the time.
- GHCJS apps (
ob run) are somewhat slower to load, however the jsaddle bridge has worked quite reliably so far in my experience.
With the caveat being that installation of the OS itself can be tricky, depending on the hosting company. For OVH, see.↩︎