How does SLAppForge Sigma compare to AWS Cloud9?
Unlike Cloud 9, SLAppForge SIGMA IDE does not require a server, VM (space) or an EC2 instance as a backend. It operates completely within a standard web browser as a lightweight Serverless application itself. It has been designed and developed to cater for Serverless application development and is not a general purpose IDE presenting a browser-based interface. Everything in Sigma happens between your web browser and your AWS resources.
The SIGMA IDE is a hybrid between drag-and-drop style development and the full and ultimate power of code. The drag-and-drop snippets introduce a powerful, uniform and intuitive library with auto-completion, which allow users to quickly become productive in developing Serverless applications that integrate with a myriad of AWS based services currently supported, and being added.
How much does SLAppForge Sigma cost?
SIGMA IDE is currently in Beta and free to use. Since there are no servers or EC2 instances behind the scenes, there are no hidden costs to use SIGMA. When you deploy and use Serverless applications developed with SIGMA, you will incur standard AWS costs for the actual resources used by the applications, which you will pay to AWS directly.
Which programming languages does SIGMA Support?
Currently, SIGMA supports Node.js. Support for other languages such as Java, Go, Python and C# will be implemented in the future. Let us know your order of preference and any other suggestions for improvement as we enhance SIGMA to be the Serverless development platform of choice.
Why does SIGMA only support AWS?
It is because AWS currently has the best support for Serverless applications, and time and resources on our end are still limited. We are actively seeking partnerships and funding to assist us to support other leading Serverless platforms such as Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure and Alibaba cloud.
Why does Sigma ask for my AWS credentials?
Sigma simplifies your use of the AWS platform for building Serverless applications. Thus, the editor and deployment steps perform a significant amount of tasks on behalf of you, on your AWS account. This is why your credentials are required.
Does Sigma save my AWS credentials or gain access to my AWS account?
No!. Sigma does not save your credentials or grant itself any access to your AWS account. This is a key product decision that will not be changed or compromised. Your AWS account and resources remain completely isolated from Sigma.
But SLAppForge has an option to save my AWS credentials!
Yes, this is to help you avoid having to type in your AWS credentials each time you log in. Saving your credentials is optional. If you choose to save your credentials, we will save them into our (Amazon Cognito) user store. However, we will encrypt your credentials before storage, either with your login password (for direct signup accounts), or an additional encryption password (for social sign-up accounts).
Does SLAppForge host any of my runtime components that I develop?
No. None at all. Your code is saved in your GitHub account and runs on your AWS account. There is no dependency on any SLAppForge services after you complete your development and deploy to AWS.
Does SLAppForge obtain any permissions to my AWS account?
No. Your account never grants any privileges or permissions to Sigma or any other third parties.
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