Tooling for and on the browser

Eclipse’s browser IDE Orion showing steady progress in 1.0 M2

Chris Mayer
Eclipse-Orion1

The open source collective’s latest web IDE venture looks in good hands ahead of October’s 1.0 release

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.

Eclipse
Orion
, the foundation’s latest venture aims to
create
an web IDE, stocked with tools for developing
with JavaScript, CSS, and HTML. It’s a completely separate outlet
from Eclipse’s successful Java IDE – a new codebase, adopting the
motto – ‘Tools for the web, on the web’.

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.

You’d think with only a month to go that the focus would be
on fine-tuning, yet the team have still found time to add some
last-minute features. Amongst these; some extra JavaScript goodness
(automatic wrapping and a

revamped content assist
), dynamic Git review
and credential save functionality as standard, as well as
customisable Editor themes.

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.

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