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OrionHub Beta Announced at EclipseCon

Jessica Thornsby

More and more software development is moving to the cloud and web.

The Eclipse Foundation have announced a
beta of OrionHub
, a hosted implementation of the Orion platform
for building and integrating web development tools. The beta is
open to the first 5000 developers who sign up, although additional
slots may be added at a later date. JAXenter spoke to Director of
Marketing, Ian Skerrett, to find out more about OrionHub.

JAXenter: You have just announced a beta
version of the OrionHub service. What is OrionHub?

Ian Skerrett: OrionHub is a hosted service of
the Orion technology. It allows developers to use and experiment
with Orion without requiring them to do any installation.

JAXenter: What functionality is included in
this beta release?

Ian: OrionHub is based on the most recent M6
milestone from the Orion team. It includes an editor for
JavaScript, HTML and CSS development, integration with git, and the
ability to integrate other JavaScript tools.

JAXenter: How can developers get access to

Ian: They can sign-up for an account at We are limiting access to the
first 5000 developers, so we can gather feedback from the

JAXenter: What is the current status of the
Orion project?

Ian: It is very early days for the Orion
project. The initial code contribution was made by IBM in January.
The focus right now is to create a community around Orion. We just
completed a very good planning meeting where we had people from
different companies in attendance. We want to encourage people to
try out Orion, provide feedback and maybe start to participate in
the project.

JAXenter: In your opinion, how will the shift
towards developing apps for the cloud, affect the software
development tools market?

Ian: More and more software development is
moving to the cloud and web. Given the innovations and improvements
in the browser technology, I think it is feasible to provide a
first-class tooling experience within a web browser. Web-based
tools have the potential to be a lot easier to integrate and
certainly easier to deploy. It also opens the potential for new
tools, like collaboration or server-side code analysis, that might
not have been possible with desktop tools. It is still early days
but over the next couple of years we will see some new innovations
in this area.

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