Eclipse’s browser-based IDE, Orion 0.5.1 M1 released
Major progress has been made towards Eclipse’s web-tooling home Orion, as they prepare for 1.0
We’ve been following the progress of Eclipse’s web-tooling platform Orion with eagle eyes, since it first surfaced last year, and it seems that the 30-strong developer team is well on their way towards a projected Autumn major release.
Eclipse Orion 0.5.1 M1 gives a glimpse at some of the ideas planned for the platform trying to build a thriving hub for open web tool development, in its own right. Billed as a ‘tooling platform for the Web, on the Web’ and featuring a completely different codebase, Orion certainly represents a shift in Eclipse direction towards more browser-based products.
John Arthorne revealed on the Orion blog that ‘there has been a lot of behind the scenes work in Orion 0.5 M1’ particularly towards ‘globalization, accessibility, and cleanup of code and API.’ New features showcased include substantial Esprima content assistance, in the form of a plugin. This allows completion on object literal members (see below), inference on basic variable types and simple flow analysis for type inference, amongst a heap of other things.