Solar-powered web experiment

Solar - a browser-based module for the Play framework

After today's announcement of the second iteration of the Play!, alongside Typesafe Stack 2.0, it seems logical to keep tabs on experiments that are underway from the Scala web framework.

Mariot Chauvin offers Solar - a new module for the Play! Framework, which allows you to play with applications directly in your browser, aiming to reduce frictions between the developed applications and the development toolsTaking inspiration from Eclipse Orion and the Play module Erwan, Solar could theoretically become their equivalent for Play.

Chauvin however says that he has different goals in mind when it comes to Solar, hence why he didn't reuse the code already available to him. Chauvin says he has the following ideals on his mind:

  • simplicity with neither code completion nor refactoring
  • quality with continuous testing and deployment integration 
  • collaboration with code review integration 

It may be in the earlier stages of development but Chauvin showcases what has been done so far. It's possible to navigate the application files (and edit and create new ones) and also edit, and compile in real-time, Java files with syntax highlighting.

You should keep an eye on this one via GitHub, as it could become an integral part of the Play! Framework in future months.

Chris Mayer

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