This post is inspired by this IBM DeveloperWorks article on Eclipse Orion.
” Develop your software where ever you go. It’ll be there, in the cloud, right where you left it. Just login from a web browser on desktop, laptop, tablet, at an airport, on a bus or even in your office.” Thats what the Orion Website says! And I say its just amazing! The futuristic development tool is here, now!
Orion has already powered JazzHub, a place where you can collaborate with others to seamlessly plan, track, and develop software in the cloud.
The Eclipse Orion Getting started guide has all the details on the editor, searching, navigation and working with SCM.
With the new Orion 4.0 M2, support has been added for Embedded markdown renderer, Bracket completion, Smart indent, Block comment completion, Option to show whitespace characters, Trim trailing whitespace on save, Customized editor rulers, Customize local editor settings dropdown, Toggle regular expression search in search bar, Search support for replacing with whitespace characters, Content assist more tolerant of syntax errors, Navigate content assist with page up/down, Auto-save now transfers only file deltas. The Orion editor now tolerates running on Internet Explorer 8 and JSLint can be turned off. Support has been added to enable in-editor Git blame on a file by adding Git Blame plugin. Git revert command added and the Orion Git integration has been upgraded to use a new major version of JGit, version 3.0.
The plan for the Orion 5.0 Release is to be in February, 2014 and coincide with EclipseCon North America. The 5.0 plan will have 4 main focus areas including “Features”, “Infrastructure”, “Core” and “Community”. Some of the ideas within the 5.0 Project Plan would ideally involve some community efforts to implement and those will be called out.
Try it out @ Orion Hub!