Update: Eclipse readies browser-based IDE

Orion project adds JavaScript and HTML capabilities for Web app development

[UPDATED: 3/26/12] The Eclipse Foundation for open source development tools is eyeing October as the release date for the 1.0 version of its Orion browser-based IDE for building Web applications, which will be discussed at this week's EclipseCon 2012 conference in Reston, Va.

Unlike the signature Eclipse desktop IDE, which is geared to Java and C++, Orion is intended for HTML and JavaScript development, said Ian Skerrett, Eclipse vice president of marketing, in an interview. "The benefit [of Orion] is your development tool is where your apps are running," he said. Orion is particularly useful for cloud application development, Skerrett added.

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Orion was announced at last year's EclipseCon event. Developers at this year's conference can get tips on using and extending Orion, which Eclipse anticipates will be incorporated into commercial products. Mozilla is already using the Orion editor in its Firefox developer tools, Skerrett noted.

Version 1.0 of Orion will be available after this June's annual Eclipse release train, which features the release of numerous Eclipse technologies concurrently. This year's release train is to be called Juno, and it will be based on the Eclipse 4 platform, which features a reengineering intended to make it easier to build applications atop the Eclipse platform, Skerrett said. Last year's release train, Indigo, featured work from 62 project teams.

Other topics at EclipseCon 2012 include developing Android applications via Eclipse tools, application lifecycle management, devops, and a session on JavaFX and Eclipse. Co-located with this year's EclipseCon conference will be another event, Agile ALM Connect, which is a technical conference focused on connecting the latest development tools, agile methods, and persons in the application lifecycle.

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