When comparing Eclipse Che vs Google Cloud Shell, the Slant community recommends Eclipse Che for most people. In the question“What are the best cloud IDEs?” Eclipse Che is ranked 8th while Google Cloud Shell is ranked 14th. The most important reason people chose Eclipse Che is:
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Pro Docker runtimes
Pro Custom commands
I like that I can package up custom commands with my workspace and then use them (or share them) with everyone else.
Pro SSH + terminal
Built-in terminal with root access so I can make changes to my running machines. Although I don't use it often being able to SSH into the workspace so I can use a desktop IDE is handy.
Pro Portable workspaces
The workspace in Che includes project sources, IDE and the runtime. So if you hand your Che workspace definition to another user and they execute it they will get everything they need to build, run and debug the project.
Also the runtime is in a Docker container so it will work even if the second user is on a different OS than the original user who shared their workspace with them.
Che does a nice job to automatically map the service:port running in my Docker container (e.g. tomcat on 8080) to the Docker port it actually uses (something in the ephemeral range). I never need to figure that out - it's just made available to me when I run my server.
Pro GIT and SVN VCS support
Projects can be easily imported from any Git or Svn repository hosting service.
Pro Reproducible environment
Pro Merge tool for VCS
Pro Open Source
Google Cloud Shell is free for Google Cloud Platform customers.
Pro Includes Eclipse Orion IDE already configured
Eclipse Orion can be difficult to setup/configure if creating a do-it-yourself VM running Eclipse. This makes it easier to have a working IDE.
Pro Already provisioned with Google Application Default Credentials
This makes it easier to run/test code that interacts with Google APIs
Pro Already has Google Cloud SDK installed
Thus eliminating a setup step for interacting with Cloud Platform.
Con Minimal UI
Cloud Shell's editor is not as featureful as some alternatives, and the shell and Eclipse UIs are not integrated unlike in many other editors that allow the shell and IDE to be combined in a single window.
Con Lack of flexibility
Some alternatives allow you to customize the CPU, RAM, and hard disk size of the IDE host environment. Cloud Shell gives you a 5GB durable home directory and does not allow these other parameters to be customized (though one can use Cloud Shell to provision a VM instance that is customized according to these parameters).