If you're lucky enough to be at EclipseCon, you can find out more about Orion through a number of talks that the team are presenting.
More and more applications are being moved to the web and cloud infrastructure. A key question is how software development tools will move from the desktop to support a web-focused development workflow. Orion moves software development to the web, as a web experience. It implements the workflows required by web developers building open web applications - workflows that dramatically different from those implemented by existing desktop-based IDEs. Orion enables the creation and integration of browser-based tools for open web development that are both powerful and flexible.
Orion will be an open source project at the Eclipse Foundation. An important goal of this open beta is to reach out to the web developer community to solicit feedback and input into the future directions of Orion. The first Orion Planning Summit was held March 17-18 in Palo Alto to establish the scope and roadmap of the Orion project.
Some key features of Orion include:
- Initial integration with git provides local history for Orion projects. A new git comparison tools allows for easy identification of changes. Future support for git commands (fetch, tag, logo) will be added.
‘Orion is an exciting new initiative for the Eclipse community,’ explains Mike Milinkovich, Executive Director of the Eclipse Foundation. ‘It is still very early days but I expect Orion will be as important for web developers as the initial Eclipse Java IDE was for Java developers. Right now we are looking for people who are interested in using or adopting Orion and who are interested in participating in the community.’
The Orion hosted service is open to the first 5000 developers who sign-up. In the future, additional slots may be added as the Orion community grows. The Orion server is also available for download for developers who want to install Orion on their own computers. The Orion source code is licensed under the Eclipse Public License (EPL).
To find out more about Orion, follow through to the project webpage, and read my interview with Boris Bokowski.