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14 August 2009, 08:37

Bespin beta betas collaboration

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Collaboration controls in Bespin
The Bespin project, the Mozilla Labs browser driven cloud based development environment, has announced that the newly released version 0.4 now includes collaboration facilities. Previously, Bespin was more a solo environment for developers who could use other mediums, such as mail or IM, to work with others. Now though, users can create connections, with a follow command allowing them to add another users shared projects to the project navigator. Once a project is shared, files in the project can be simultaneously edited by the users sharing the project.

The bulk of the work developing the collaboration has been done by Joe Walker who has based the code on mobwrite, an Apache licensed general purpose document collaboration environment. In the future this should allow Bespin users to collaborate with other text editors such as GEdit, Eclipse and Emacs. In a blog posting, Walker says that collaboration, which is a beta feature of Bespin, will be extended over time to include a quick share mode, allowing users to pass URLs to set up the shared editing session, along with an in-page chat system. Walker says that the plan is to "do something smart" with in-page chat transcripts, but they are leaving that feature on the back burner as users already have instant messaging or IRC. The next feature in development is a "time machine" view of files to let collaborators view the history of changes in a shared file.

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