When comparing JSFiddle vs Google VM Instance, the Slant community recommends JSFiddle for most people. In the question“What are the best cloud IDEs?” JSFiddle is ranked 5th while Google VM Instance is ranked 15th. The most important reason people chose JSFiddle is:
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Pro CoffeeScript and SCSS support
Pro Allows collaborating on code
JSFiddle makes it easy to save the code snippets and send the link to others who can view and edit the code.
Pro Supports a wide variety of frameworks and extensions
JSFiddle can switch to selection of frameworks and extensions including jQuery, AngularJS, ReactiveJS, D3 simply from a dropdown.
Pro Total environment control
Pro Can run any sort of web-based editor software
For example, one can run Jupyter Notebook on the VM.
Pro Real vi or Emacs editor
Pro Real Linux console
Con Not actually an IDE
JSFiddle is not actually an IDE and is only suitable for small blocks of code.
Con Non free/libre (proprietary)
Con This is not a "cloud IDE," this is a remotely accessible virtual machine.
This topic is about the best cloud IDEs and having a Google VM Instance on the list is a bit of a stretch. That's not to say that the service isn't valuable or great, but it is a completely separate purpose. Granted, you can certainly install the necessary tools on your virtual machine to make it an IDE that is remotely accessible, but that's not exactly the ideal situation and not what someone looking for a cloud IDE is likely looking to do.
Con Can be expensive
If one selects a powerful type of instance or if one does not take care and remember to shut off the instance when it is not being used.
Con Less ideal if you have a slow internet connection
Though this applies to any Cloud IDE, as well.
Con Less ideal if you are mouse dependent
Assuming you are using Vi or Emacs, and not Jupyter or some other web-based editor that is running on the remote VM instance.