JAX London 2014: A retrospective
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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