Eclipse Announce Orion

Eclipse’s New Browser-Based Tool Integration Platform

Jessica Thornsby

Mike Milinkovich hopes that the new Orion project will create a whole new ecosystem.

Mike Milinkovich has announced Eclipse’s intention to start a new
project, ‘Orion.’ Orion is currently in the Pre-Proposal phase,
although some code contribution has been made within the E4
incubator. The idea is to develop a browser-based open tool
integration platform focused on developing for the web. With Orion,
tools will be written in JavaScript and will run in the
browser.

Currently, Orion is a code editor that runs in all “major
browsers” and features some code for navigating files and folders,
and performing full-text search. Git integration is under
development, and the Orion team plan to integrate the debugger with
Firebug. Orion’s server-side is an OSGi-based Java app that uses
Jetty as web container, and communication with the client is
achieved through a RESTful interface. Mike Milinkovich hopes Orion
will encourage the development of a new ecosystem of web tools and
reveals that IBM is contributing a piece of code aimed at
encouraging such a community of contribution and participation,
although he doesn’t go into details regarding this
contribution.

There will be a face-to-face meeting in Ottawa at the beginning
of March, regarding the future of Orion. After this meeting, a
first draft of a project proposal will be available to the
community.

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