Eclipse Orion IDE Lets You Jump-Start Website Development Projects

By Jeff Cogswell  |  Posted 2013-03-11 Print this article Print
Installing the Eclipse Orion Server

Installing the Eclipse Orion Server

After installing and running the server, we were presented with a log-in screen that allows us to create a new account or log in.


Eclipse Orion is an online integrated development environment that was created with the goal of providing similar functionality to the Eclipse desktop IDE, except it runs inside the browser. Orion consists of a server that is written in Java, which you connect to through the browsers. The browser app consists of a large amount of JavaScript code, including several open-source libraries, to provide for a nice IDE experience. The text editor lets you edit any text file, and it includes syntax highlighting for several languages such as JavaScript, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and HTML. The IDE lets you manage folders, create and edit files, create new projects and even work with Git. You can build projects from scratch or use any of the pre-supplied starter templates. The editor is also fully extensible, including a full REST-based interface, whereby you can create extensions that include both server-side Java code and client-side JavaScript code. Extensions are easy to add right from within the IDE and through various extension pages on the Web.


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