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Update Content delivery network Fastly is buying Glitch, the company behind the web IDE of the same name.

Glitch is a comprehensive platform that officially supports JavaScript, but also allows coding in CSS, HTML, and other languages. It’s designed to work like other cloud platforms and is capable of running full-featured apps on demand, with Glitch handling all the hardware and allowing developers to focus on coding.

By being absorbed by Fastly, Glitch promised that the service would remain unchanged for users. “You’re good, we got you. Nothing changes about your apps or Glitch account,” the company said in its announcement. He also said no employees would be lost in the merger.

Fastly focuses on edge-based delivery, which it says dramatically speeds up page load times. He was responsible for taking much of the internet offline last June thanks to a bug he introduced into his own system during a software deployment that caused 85% errors to return. of its network traffic.

For its part, Fastly said it wants to buy Glitch after a partnership earlier this year brought Glitch to [email protected], one of Fastly’s flagship products. [email protected] is a distributed application platform for running applications in edge environments on Fastly hardware.

As part of the agreement, Fastly will integrate Glitch into its network, which will allow Glitch users to access Fastly’s web application firewall, image optimization and fast boot times. Fastly also hopes to integrate the Glitch community into its own development process by collecting feedback shared by users.

Glitch originated in 2017 as a product under Fog Creek Software, founded in 2000 by Joel Spolsky (president and co-founder of Trello and Stack Overflow) and Michael Pryor (CEO of Trello, board member of Stack Exchange and Head of Trello at Atlassian). Anil Dash, CEO of Glitch, joined the company in 2016; he was also previously on Stack Overflow’s board of directors. Dash will join Fastly as vice president of developer experience post-merger, which has no announced closing date.

Dash describes Glitch as a “yes-code” product, which means it’s the philosophical opposite of no-code platforms. “As great as these no-code tools are, there are plenty of meaningful issues and joyful creations, which can only be solved by writing code,” Dash said in a blog post.

What this means in practice is that Glitch is just an IDE that sits on the web. The company says its “remixable” code allows a Glitch user to modify another’s publicly released project for their own purposes. Glitch’s website states that all public projects can be remixed, and private repositories are only available at the pro level for $8/month.

Glitch made headlines in early 2020 when its employees voted to form a union, which the company voluntarily acknowledged. This made Glitch the first tech company to sign a white-collar collective bargaining agreement in the United States.

We asked Communications Workers of America (through whom Glitch employees negotiated) if the union will survive the acquisition and will update the article if we receive a response. ®

Updated to add

The CWA said The register that the Glitch syndicate dissolved before the acquisition.

“The drastic downsizing of the company made it clear that the company was unlikely to recover. When the collective agreement expired, there was a consensus with the three remaining members of the Glitch union not to continue bargaining collective,” a representative told us.