My use-case where Pycharm feels a bit deficient is that I have an Ubuntu deeplearning box at work that I can VNC into and develop on whenever needed. I have all my repos cloned locally and work on various projects locally (and Pycharm is my IDE of choice on the Ubuntu box). But when I work from home, VNC feels a bit too sluggish and remote development would be much better for me. The vscode experience is pretty fantastic. I can setup SSH access to my box and have an open project for the same repos that I have cloned locally on my Ubuntu box and it's as if I am working on it natively. Everything is super snappy and even my bash sessions have the correct remote venvs activated correctly.
In contrast, every time I tried mimicking this in Pycharm (the paid version), it seemed like there was no way to link my already cloned repos on the Ubuntu box to my local version on my laptop so that work I did locally would always also be "live" on my Ubuntu box so that were I to VNC into my Ubuntu box and open the same project in my local Pycharm IDE, it would exactly mirror the state of my Pycharm IDE on my laptop. Is what I want possible? Everything I tried seem to result in my laptop Pycharm setting up a new project somewhere on my Ubuntu box where it would SFTP my project files to, but that resulted in a duplicate of my repo in some other location, which is not what I want. Hopefully this made sense?
I'm very interested in this, so looked it up.
For your use case, I think it's just a matter of setting the correct Deployment Mappings. There's a setting when you're creating the remote interpreter to specify your own mapped directory (not the default /tmp/pycharm-foo) and a checkbox to not have it automatically upload what you have on your local machine (since in your case the source of truth is the remote). Then you can manually sync the diffs yourself with pycharm or git.
Your workflow's interesting in that the remote machine is the main and your laptop's the satellite, and pycharm's model has it the other way around.
Also, if you've already got the interpreter set up, you can just change the deployment mapping settings.
> We're very aware of how important this feature is, and we have several initiatives in place to provide a great experience for fully remote development. Unfortunately, at this time we're unable to share any specifics or timeframes, as getting the best possible experience requires massive-scale architectural changes to our codebase, but we've been working on this for quite some time already and we believe that we will have a solution that will go above and beyond what VS Code delivers today.
What you want is for basic text editing to run locally (to minimize latency) and heavy duty services (like language services or search) to run on the remote server where accessing a file only requires a file system call instead of a network call. Then, after gathering the required information it can send that over some kind of pipe to your text editor.
This is the workflow that VSCode has set up and it's very good. In many ways, even if you're used to vim, VSCode's setup is preferable to vim over ssh shell due to lower latency.
Yeah, it’s an efficient setup that doesn’t actually work because it’s lacking in features.