Red Hat has introduced new versions of its browser environments and local development aimed at working with the OpenShift Kubernetes platform.

Red Hat OpenShift Dev Spaces 3 is the renamed, repackaged Red Hat CodeReady Workspaces, while Red Hat OpenShift Local 2 is the new name for Red Hat CodeReady Containers.

OpenShift Dev Spaces uses OpenShift and containers to provide development teams with a consistent IT development environment. Version 3 includes the new DevWorkspace engine, which it replaces CodeReady workspaces Java REST service with Kubernetes controller running behind kube-apiserver for better scalability and high availability. A universal API is also included in this version. The development team cites a simpler design achieved by separating the Dev Spaces workspace engine from the developer’s IDE and server-side components.

Red Hat OpenShift Local 2 provides developers with a way to build OpenShift clusters on their desktop while emulating the cloud development environment locally. Designed to run on a local computer, OpenShift Local simplifies testing and setup and provides tools for building container-based applications, Red Hat said. Presets allow developers to choose either the local OpenShift package by default or Podman for a more focused container runtime, which minimizes the development setting. The new version also includes thinner binaries made possible by unlinking the OpenShift package to download the tool from the command line. Developers get the flexibility to choose alternative packages to suit their specific project. A new system area provides more consistency across operating systems.

Red Hat also cites other tool improvements during KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe 2022 messages on May 18:

  • Docker Desktop there is a new extension in the preview release phase that allows users to embed a container image in OpenShift.
  • Tectonic chains allows OpenShift Pipelines to provide built-in image signing capabilities to improve application delivery.
  • IN Ship master The Kubernetes container image building framework now has volume support, a wider range of options, and the ability to create custom images from the local directory.
  • The odo 3.0 CLI tool for deploying applications in OpenShift and Kubernetes has been updated, focusing on guided inclusion, the external loop developer experience, and the adoption of devfile for portfolio consistency.
  • The latest version of OpenShift GitOpsto manage OpenShift clusters, includes Argo CD 2.3, for new synchronization strategies and differences and user interface and performance improvements.
  • DevfileThe Kubernetes API is now a project of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation.
  • Knative / serverless features The tools allow developers to use the Visual Studio Code Editor and IntelliJ IDE to deploy server-free applications.

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