Tooling for and on the browser
Eclipse’s browser IDE Orion showing steady progress in 1.0 M2
As the sun sets on the Juno release train, many in the
Eclipse community are preparing for the arrival of 2013’s release
train Kepler. Yet, one project, set to arrive in October has piqued
the curiosity of the community.
The importance of the browser could no longer be ignored by the multi-faceted community, and 18 months work has gone into the project since it began beta testing. Back in June, the team launched Orion 0.5, giving web developers a taste of what the project could do. Far more than just being an aesthetically pleasing editor, Orion also has substance - its distributed plug-in architecture, a micro-services framework and reusable components help create a collaborative platform for web development.
Now, with the due date creeping into view, the Orion team have released a second (and likely final) milestone, indicating that they’re almost there.
The search function has been radically upgraded to include a fleshed out global search. It’s also possible to import a remote zip file into the environment automatically unzipped, which is pretty useful.
We’re pretty impressed with what Orion’s managed to pull off so far, as it makes its way into the home straight for 1.0. Head over to Orion Hub to learn more. If you’re interested in branching out into building rich client applications with that Eclipse flavour, it might be worth considering.