Ask any serious software developer which programming tools they use and the chances are that you will hear the name ‘Eclipse’ more than a few times. Eclipse is one of the most popular programming IDEs, or integrated development environments.
Developed and maintained by the Eclipse Foundation, Eclipse is an entire ecosystem for developers, not just a trumped-up text editor.
Like most applications built a few years ago Eclipse is desktop based. However, a new trend is emerging – most new software projects now are being built specifically for the Web or with a significant portion of their features based on the web.
In response to this the Eclipse Foundation has begun work on a browser based version of its software development tool. Although in its infancy the Foundation has made available early versions of the new Eclipse based web tool for developer testing.
Named Orion, the Eclipse browser version is not simply a web interface for the existing Eclipse application. According to developers it is an entirely new application built using Java to create a tool specifically aimed at building web applications.
Eclipse already has a huge following and an extensive collection of plugins, which gives it a significant opportunity in the market.
The browser-based Orion will also work with existing plugins which will give it much needed power from the outset.
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