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No - there is no harm in using an AWS Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instance for your development platform. But you will have to learn some extra skills that you wouldn't need when developing on a local machine how to use AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM), how to use AWS billing (if you exceed the one year free micro instance), and how to use SSH. ...


As mentioned in the comments by @Snowman, your project idea is far too big and unfocused. I would suggest you decide on an IDE (either Visual Studio or Eclipse, depending on your language preference) and implement a Video Chat plugin, most likely just an integrated browser view using Google Hangouts.


It's probably easiest to do this on your local machine, and the publish it to the cloud. Client/Server technology is not that hard to develop on a local machine. Programmers do this all the time when developing web applications. Assuming that you are developing a dedicated UI that doesn't use a browser, all you need to do is run the server side as a ...

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