Better syntax highlighting and more modularity

Browser-based IDE Eclipse Orion gets 0.4 release

LouisGoddard
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The Eclipse Foundation has announced the release of version 0.4 of Orion, its browser-based IDE for web development

The Eclipse Foundation has announced
the release of version 0.4 of Orion, its browser-based IDE for web
development. The first major release for four months, 0.4 contains
significant modifications to the project’s UI, as well as improved
HTML and CSS validation, syntax highlighting using CodeMirror and better integration with
external resources such as GitHub.

“Overall, the look and feel of the UI has been crafted to reduce
the amount of tree style views in favour of a flat representation,”
reads the release announcement. “There was also a significant
amount of trimming and customization done to give more real-estate
to the task at hand.”

Project co-lead Ken Walker draws attention to additional changes to
the underlying architecture of Orion, which allow elements to be
separated and incorporated into other projects. One high-profile
example of this modular approach is the ‘Scratchpad’ in Firefox 10,
which uses Orion’s editor as part of a
live JavaScript sandbox
. According to the project’s blog, the
Orion community is growing “at an excellent pace”, with a number of
the new features in 0.4 having been provided by newcomers.

Head over to the Eclipse Orion homepage to download a local
copy or try out a embedded demo version. Orion may not be quitre as
pretty as some web-based editors (we’re looking fondly at you,
Tumblr HTML pad), but it’s a lot more fleshed out, and stands a
real chance of changing the way live web development is done.

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