Wing Democratizes Cloud With A New Programming Language

In our recent episode, we had the privilege of talking to Elad Ben-Israel, a dynamic leader with more than a decade of experience in technology innovations. Elad is co-founder and CEO at Wing Cloud, a company that develops a new programming language to solve the limitations of traditional programming languages in cloud computing.

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Elad Ben-Israel
Co-Founder&CEO at Wing Cloud

Elad, what led you to the decision to develop a new language instead of creating a library for one of the traditional programming languages?

The motivation to build a new programming language stemmed from a core belief in the power of creating one’s tools. Unlike other trades where craftsmen rely on pre-existing tools, software engineers can craft their own solutions. And as I immersed further into cloud development, I noticed that traditional languages excelled at describing processes over time but struggled to capture the spatial aspects inherent in distributed systems like the cloud.

Drawing inspiration from my experience with aerospace simulations, I wanted to create a programming language that seamlessly integrates time and space dimensions. Thus, Winglang was born—a language designed to simplify cloud development by allowing developers to describe application logic and infrastructure configurations effortlessly.

My big goal with Wing is to democratize cloud computing by providing a more intuitive and efficient programming environment. Whether developers choose to use Wing or integrate its principles into other languages like TypeScript, our aim remains to empower developers to navigate the complexities of cloud development with ease and efficiency.

Elad Ben-Israel shares how Winglang allows cloud simulations for faster code iterations.

Building a language is one thing, but getting people to actually use it is a whole different ball game. How do you plan to encourage Winglang adoption among dev communities?

That’s a very valid point. I firmly believe in the power of open source and community-driven development. We kicked off our project as an open-source initiative, and we’ve been steadily building a vibrant community around it.

A new programming language adoption is a gradual process, but we see promising engagement signs. We already have over 50 external contributors to our codebase, which is significant for a project of our scale. People are actively involved, contributing not just minor fixes, but substantial enhancements to the compiler, SDK, and support for various cloud providers.

This level of community engagement instills trust in our project. Users feel confident knowing that it’s not just us driving the development, but a diverse community of contributors. Maintaining this open, collaborative approach is crucial to our vision for the future of Wing. We’re committed to keeping it open source and community-driven, as we believe it’s the best way to balance the demands of a startup while ensuring the long-term success and adoption of our language.

Elad Ben-Israel: the two-dimensional approach aligns with the architecture and requirements of modern cloud applications

How do you plan to monetize the open-source project, particularly considering the challenges of delivering cloud applications across the entire lifecycle?

Our philosophy is to keep everything related to development as open source, ensuring developers can access tools without constraints during the creation phase. On the other hand, we see opportunities to provide value-added services for tasks like CI/CD and operational management. These essentials for delivering applications to production represent areas where we can create a superior developer experience and offer them as a commercial offering.

Elad, thank you for sharing your knowledge and your dedication to transforming cloud computing with Winglang.

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