Orion 0.4 M2 brings extensive tooling

Blockbuster release for browser IDE Orion

Chris Mayer
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The latest milestone of the browser IDE Eclipse Orion sure is a big one. All the details are within…

Is it possible to have a winter blockbuster? If so, Eclipse
Orion has brought us an advanced preview of the latest innovations
available within their browser-based IDE, in the release of Orion
0.4 M2.

The bulk of improvements comes through extensive
tooling such as global search and replace,
content assist for HTML, template completion for JavaScript, and
CSS outline and error checking.

This milestone sequel is much more pleasing on the eye too as
the user interface now gives precedence to giving more
pixels to the most important content, and optimising for mobile
devices and touch displays – making it invaluable for mobile
developers.

An aesthetic overhaul has been undertaken with new
settings pages, a static header at the top and a new git repository
and commits page – the final gloss if you will. Orion is willing
developers to fork it too. It now
uses 
URI
templates
 to invoke commands on an Orion page using
a URI. These commands are limited to altering the page layout such
as opening input fields and dialogs. For example, you can now
create a URL to initiate a clone operation on a particular
repository.

The Orion team also announced that they now feature in

Firefox 10 & 11
as core elements in the browser. This is
through the inclusion of an Orion-based Style editor and
Scratchpad, which now uses the Eclipse Orion code
editor to provide syntax highlighting and other features that make
it easier and simpler to write JavaScript. The video below shows
just some of the new tricks at Firefox’s disposal, thanks to
Orion.

To get started, head over to Eclipse
Orion homepage where you can
download
it, or use a hosted version from OrionHub.

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