Eclipse Members Meeting

Orion Project Update

Sept 17, 2013 / @kwalker / @orionhub - Orion Project Lead

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Project Activity

  • Almost 1 year since graduating to 1.0
  • Orion delivers 3 'dot' releases per-year
  • 2.0 Feb, 3.0 June, 4.0 October
  • 27 committers, around 17 active
  • ~52 contributors
  • Very active commits (Ohloh Statistics)

Examples of Enhancements thru 3.0

  • Continual work on Editor
    • separate stand alone builds
      Yes, this is the Orion editor
      in a presentation...
    • (vi/emacs bindings)
    • Auto-save, Auto-load, Save as Diffs
    • Generic template for content assist support
  • Themes in UI and Editor
  • Language tooling for JavaScript
  • Major change is Navigation on Left added to Editor
  • i18N improvements, including Eclipse Babel translations

Examples of Enhancements thru 3.0...

  • Node.js implementation
    • npm install orion
    • npm start orion
  • New WAR file install for Java Server
  • Maven/Tycho build (still in progress)

Work ongoing in 4.0

  • Server Scalability
    • Search indexing improvements
    • Meta-Data and Workspace info rewrite
  • Index file content assist support for JavaScript libraries (targetting Node development)
  • Git improvements including Git Blame in the Editor
  • Major improvements to Orion plugin architecture to allow 2-way communications
  • Initial work on an Orion Marketplace, or Plugin repository
  • Initial release of Projects capability...

Projects List

Projects Page

An Individual Project

Individual Project Page

Orion Challenges

  • Consuming 3rd party JavaScript Libraries
  • This is the only way that Orion can remain current with the rapid development cycles in the JavaScript world
  • If we lag, those looking to choose a platform or component will look elsewhere
  • Current process as we understand assumes
    • A 'version' of the library (not often available)
    • A compatible license (getting better)
    • a contributor agreement (Not so much)
  • While GitHub has initiated a license Chooser, the concept of contributor agreements is not standard
  • Is there a minimum template we can encourage library/tool developers to utilize which will be compatible with the Eclipse Legal Review process? Do we initiate change in the review process?

Eclipse Members Meeting - Orion Update

Any further questions, please contact: | @kwalker

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Available components and shims from Orion

Promises/A+ cancellation and progress, W3C URL, W3C Web Components, HTML Templates and Custom Elements, JavaScript APIs for OSGi

Orion Deferred, Orion HTML Templates Shim, Orion URI Templates, Orion URL Shim, Orion Plugin Registry, Orion Service Registry, Orion XHR Implementation, Orion Node Deferred File System Stand-alone Editor (follow stable links)

All under the EPL and EDL