Recommend specification for remote development droplet?

Posted April 10, 2020 1.6k views

Good morning everyone,

Lately, I have been interested in remote development. I am a full-stack NodeJS developer. Last week I just tried to develop remotely with a $10 monthly DigitalOcean droplet with 2GB RAM. The experience in developing the ExpressJS app is good enough. However, when I was working on the ReactJS app, the machine was compiling and reloading the app too slowly.

Which kind of droplet should you recommend me? Thank you.

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Hi there @mnode184,

I actually have a similar setup, I use a $10 Droplet to develop my Laravel applications using this method as described here:

The resources that you would need would really be based on your personal and your application requirements. I could suggest checking the resources utilization of your Droplet while compiling to actually see if you are hitting any limits like CPU or RAM utilization.

To check the status of your Droplet you can SSH to the Droplet and use the htop command. That way for example if you see a really high CPU usage, you would know that you would have to add some extra resources and possibly upgrade your Droplet if needed.

Hope that this helps!

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