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Browser-based IDE Eclipse Orion reaches 1.0

Elliot Bentley
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Mike Milinkovich congratulates the Orion team as they put the seal of approval on the first dot release.

Eclipse Orion, the new
browser-based IDE for web development, has pushed out the final
version of its 1.0 release, following 18 months of development. In
a hands-on
preview
with 1.0 RC1, we found Orion to be an impressive and
feature-rich effort, albeit one with a few strange design
choices.

That said, it’s come a long way since
June’s 0.5 release
, adding a whole host of minor improvements,
including new code editor features, additional git support,
integration of Eclipse Color Themes and Mozilla Persona login.
Mike Milinkovich, Executive Director of the Eclipse Foundation,
took to his blog to
offer the project a brief congratulations
on the release.

In a blog
post
, Project Lead Ken Walker celebrated the progress made so
far by the Orion project, both in the development of the
application and uptake of components by the likes in Mozilla and
SpringSource in
Firefox
and Scripted – as well
as forming the entire basis of a platform in Cloudfier. The project is, of course,
not just OrionHub.org, but an
entire package that can be deployed (and modified) yourself.

Walker also took a moment to reiterate Orion’s key feature, its
plug-ins. “At the heart of Orion is a client side plug-in and micro
service framework and this allows secure extensibility from
multiple sites completely in the browser,” he wrote, adding: “This
seems to get missed when reviews are done comparing Orion to other
web based development tools.”

The plan is to switch to a browser-style rapid release cycle, with
a dot release every four months (version 2.0 is due next February).
Planned improvements include an optional JavaScript backend to run
in Node.js, further deployment solutions and offline support.

You can try out the latest release at OrionHub.org (note that existing user
accounts have been deleted), or download the source
code
from GitHub.

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