The Eclipse Orion project has released version 2.0 of Orion, the project to create a browser- based platform for integrating web development tools.
The idea behind Orion is to move software development to the web as a web experience, as opposed to just cloning the desktop IDE experience in a browser.
There are Shell enhancements to support the standalone Node.js version of Orion, easier embedding of the Orion Editor, and the removal of library dependencies.
In a recent blog post about this, Susan McCourt says
“Recently, as a major goal of our Orion 2.0 release, we removed even more library code in order to improve our consumability and reduce our footprint. We had started out the project using dojo and dijit. But the browsers continue to add more native utilities, and we have the luxury of targeting only the most current browser implementations. It was becoming clear that
we were using a smaller and smaller subset of the library, and we'd be better off using the existing browser support and small shims or other scripts as needed.”
Given that the users are all developers restricting Orion to the latest browsers makes a lot of sense.
Orion 2.0 also contains a prototype of Projects. At the moment Projects will let you set up an SFTP project and filter down some of your folders to make it easier to work on a particular task. This is the first step in project support; future releases will provide more support for work flows and repository integrations.
The team is planning for version 3.0 to be released near the end of June. They are focusing on Projects, improved content assist, a simple way to experiment with Orion without creating
an account, web components, expanded Node capabilities and deployment options from within Orion. You can try out the 2.0 release at: https://orionhub.org/