Eclipse Orion released its latest version 5, right before the most recent EclipseCon. This new version packs several exciting features, everything from stylistic change in the appearance to an streamlined cloud deployment. My favorite is the easy-to-use Node.js bundle.
With Orion 5, it is supertrivial to try out Orion (assuming you have Node.js and npm):
npm install orion
Then you can launch it by running:
node node_modules/orion/server.js /path/to/your/project
and then open your favorite web browser and point it to localhost:8081. Now you will be able to edit existing files and create new files and folder. This works even if you don’t have any Internet connection.
Alternatively open the configuration file
npm start orion.
Let’s take a look at a quick Express example.
Once this simple application is written, we can launch it without leaving Orion, thanks to its shell feature. Switch to the Shell tab, run
npm install followed by
node start hello.js, and our simple Express app is up and running.
Speaking of customization, obviously you can choose a number of different theme or even create your own:
It is also possible to try Orion via its online demos. If you would like to check the capabilities of Orion editing component only, there is the pure editor example. For testing its complete features, it is recommended to go to OrionHub, create an account, and enjoy the test drive.
Whether you are online or offline, web-based tools are just fun!