Mozilla Ships Bespin Web-Based Code Editor
The Mozilla Developer Tools Lab delivers its first new product ?ö?ç?? a Web-based code editor called Bespin. Bespin is an extensible code editor that is built on top of leading-edge browser technology including Canvas.The dynamic duo of Dion Almaer and Ben Galbraith of Ajaxian.com fame has done it again. This time with a new Web-based code editor called Bespin from Mozilla. The team who joined forces to form the Mozilla Developer Tools Lab last year struck with their first new solution out of the group.
"Ben and I are excited to be releasing the first concept out of the Mozilla Developer Lab," Almaer said in a blog post on the duo's Ajaxian.com site. "As you know, we are big believers in the Open Web. Chris Wilson [group program manager for Internet Explorer at Microsoft] mentioned that many people are still building Web applications on top of browser technology from yester year. What if we built on more leading edge browser technology? As a challenge, we wanted to take on an interesting project that you would normally think of as a desktop application, and see if it would fly on the Web."
- Ease of Use-The editor experience should not be intimidating and should facilitate quickly getting straight into the code.
- Real-Time Collaboration-Sharing live coding sessions with colleagues should be easy, and collaboratively coding with one or more partners should just work.
- Integrated Command Line-Tools such as vi and Emacs have demonstrated the power of integrating command lines into editors; Bespin needs one, too.
- Extensible and Self-Hosted-The interface and capabilities of Bespin should be highly extensible and easily accessible to users through Ubiquity-like commands or via the plug-in API.
- Wicked Fast-The editor is just a toy unless it stays smooth and responsive editing files of very large sizes.
- Accessible from Anywhere-The code editor should work from anywhere, and from any device, using any modern standards-compliant browser.