Brendan Falk, the chief executive of Fig, announced today that the firm and its employees would join Amazon Web Services, a subsidiary of Amazon. The agreement’s terms weren’t made public.
According to Fig, even though programmers spend a lot of time in integrated development environments, which resemble text editors and are used to write and edit code, a lot of brute force configuration and setup occurs on the command line. It is a programme that directly transmits user commands, line by line, to an operating system for a computer.
The command line interface, in most cases, is far more austere than an editor, provides a less interactive user experience, and is more challenging to work with, says the startup. Users who utilize Fig’s autocomplete feature receive recommendations for the next set of commands or flags, which significantly lessens the stress on operators and developers who must finish such low-level tasks.
The fact that Amazon is interested in Fig’s product fits with the company’s developer-centric trend of offering platforms that spare software engineers and operations the responsibility of developing and deploying applications. Falk said that the ultimate objective of Amazon is to include artificial intelligence into more of its developer-focused products, and that Fig will be a part of that.
According to Falk, existing users will continue to be able to use Fig and will receive ongoing support. He continued by saying that as a result of the deal, consumers can now use first-tier “Fig Team” capabilities for free. However, as the company is concentrating on integrating with AWS, no new users can register.