Eclipse Orion M5 Released

Firebug Integration for Orion Milestone 5

Jessica Thornsby

Find out what’s new in the fifth milestone of the Orion project!

The fifth milestone of Eclipse Orion has been
released, and Boris Bokowski has blogged about the new features
available in this milestone. This milestone adds the ability to
install editor actions supplied by third-party web sites, which
allows the user to customise their editor experience. “Editor
actions can come from anywhere on the Internet!” writes Bokowski.
An example of a JavaScript formatter that is implemented in
JavaScript, and developed independently of Orion, can be viewed now. The
Orion team plan to add this extensibility to the navigator, and
expand what’s possible from an editor action.

This milestone also comes with an early integration with
Firebug. For this milestone, the Orion team have focused on opening
the Orion editor on a file in Firebug. Firebug 1.7 alpha version
and the Dyne Firebug extension are required to test this
functionality. Full installation instructions are available at the
Firebug wiki. Once installed, users should see
a new ‘Edit’ button, which opens the Orion code editor in a new
browser tab.

The team also plan on adding the ability to synchronise
breakpoints between Firebug and Orion in the future.

Next, the Orion team plan to work on creating a new Gist from
the current editor buffer, functionality for multi-selecting a few
files and clicking on an action to generate a CSS sprite, and
pasting selected text to pastebin.com. Not yet familiar with the
Orion project? Check out our
interview
with Boris Bokowski, to get the low-down on the new
Eclipse project!

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