The Eclipse Foundation has announced access to a hosted beta version of its Orion project, an effort to create a Web-based platform for Web development. Eclipse Foundation Executive Director Mike Milinkovich said a new site known as OrionHub.org has as its goal to enable interested developers to provide feedback on Orion.
“Orion uses the browser navigation as the way you navigate your code base,” Milinkovich said.
In terms of AJAX frameworks, Orion “uses Dojo and some pieces of JQuery,” according Milinkovich, who added, “we are trying to stay as framework-agnostic as possible.”
Developers from IBM’s Ottawa Canada operations came up with the idea for Orion. In a presentation at this week’s EclipseCon 2011 in Santa Clara, CA, they said that they anticipate a growing number of what they call ”online IDEs.” Orion joins Palm Aries, Cloud9 IDE and others in this new development software category.
For Orion, IBM is contributing a seed, according to IBM developer Simon Kaegi. “What we’ve contributed is akin to an integration platform,” he said.
Developers of all sorts are already doing much of their work in the browser, IBM developer Boris Bokowski noted. Popular Web browser tools include bug trackers, build trackers, indexers and – of course – documentation software. “All these things happen in the browser,” he said.