Developer Sandbox for Red Hat OpenShift Announced
May 05, 2021

Red Hat unveiled its Developer Sandbox for Red Hat OpenShift, an OpenShift-based development environment designed to enable organizations to accelerate the path from code to production for Kubernetes-based applications.

The OpenShift sandbox gives developers a simpler, no-cost way to start building their applications using the same infrastructure and tools they will run in their production environments—without having to worry about setup or configuration.

Today, developers continue to face pressure to deliver applications faster, while keeping up with a rapidly changing technology landscape. This is being driven by the acceleration of digital transformation efforts to bring new innovation to market, and the growing imperative around IT modernization and application development. Kubernetes is a foundational platform for hybrid cloud architectures. By eliminating barriers that either slow or prevent developers from building applications for Kubernetes, Red Hat is enabling developers to build for the future, faster.

Developer Sandbox for Red Hat OpenShift provides a private OpenShift environment in a shared, multi-tenant cluster that is pre-configured with a set of developer tools. The infrastructure and tools are tightly integrated and designed to provide a safe environment for prototyping or building new applications, adding new services, creating containers from source code or Dockerfiles, and more.

Combined with Red Hat's portfolio of developer tools, these new capabilities help developers better respond to the need for greater application velocity. Recent updates include:

- Red Hat OpenShift 4.7 web console developer perspective makes it easier for developers to get started with new integrated and fully customizable quick starts. Also more quickly build out your application using the new quick add feature from the topology view to add new components and services.

- odo 2.1 is a faster, iterative, and more straightforward CLI tool for developers who write, build, and deploy applications on Kubernetes and OpenShift. With the 2.1 release, odo extends the declarative developer workspace (devfile) so it is easier to get building and debugging your app, which is also leveraged by Red Hat CodeReady Workspaces.

- Red Hat CodeReady Workspaces 2.8 introduces a new dashboard that delivers a faster, more streamlined and more consistent user experience. The latest version also adds support for OpenShift OAuth flow for factories from private repositories using the dashboard. And, for workspaces that start without a devfile, a list of recommended plug-ins will be created during the factory handling.

- Red Hat CodeReady Studio 12.19 further extends developer tooling with the ability to bootstrap and log into a developer sandbox, or to add, remove and edit devfile registries. In addition, the latest release adds support for Python and the ability to debug Python components using the Eclipse debugger.

- Visual Studio Code Tools for Red Hat OpenShift Application Services now supports the ability to add clusters from Red Hat OpenShift Streams for Apache Kafka, a fully-managed and hosted Kafka service that enables developers to more easily incorporate streaming data into their applications.

- Red Hat CodeReady Dependency Analytics 0.3.2, powered by Snyk Intel Vulnerability DB, gives developers access to one of the most comprehensive and accurate open source vulnerability databases available. The latest version of CodeReady Dependency Analytics adds support for the Go programming language alongside its existing support for Java, JavaScript and Python, and introduces a new command-line interface (CLI) for ease of integration into continuous integration (CI) pipelines.

- Red Hat CodeReady Containers 1.25 offers developers the quickest way to get started building OpenShift clusters. The latest release enables developers to create microservices, build them into images, and run them in Kubernetes-hosted containers—all from a laptop or desktop running Linux, macOS, or Windows 10.

- GitHub Actions for Red Hat OpenShift and Enterprise Linux provides users with an easier way to build and deploy their containerized applications, whether standalone containers with Buildah and Podman, pushing images to registry and deploying to OpenShift.

- Eclipse JKube 1.2 - Maven tooling for Kubernetes and OpenShift brings a number of improvements around Helm chart generation for easy redeployment of applications.

These updates also build on the availability of OpenShift GitOps and OpenShift Pipelines, which enable IT teams to implement GitOps workflows for cluster configuration and application delivery, and give full control over a team's delivery pipeline, plugins and access control.

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