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13 December 2011, 16:27

Eclipse Orion 0.4 M1 brings extensive syntax highlighting

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Orion logo The latest milestone of Eclipse Orion 0.4 M1, the web-based next-generation IDE currently under development at the Eclipse Foundation, has been announced; it now supports syntax highlighting for C, C++, C#, Clojure, CoffeeScript, Groovy, Pascal, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby, Scheme, Smalltalk and many other languages. This extensive language support is due to the addition of a CodeMirror plugin for Orion. It also supports mixed mode syntax highlighting such as JavaScript and HTML in one document.

Other improvements in the IDE include basic HTML syntax validation and a content type service which enables a text editor default mechanism. An HTML outliner plug-in is now available to give an overview of HTML documents and simple "*" and "?" wildcards are now supported in searches, the results of which are also paginated for the first time.

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Searches can also be scoped to just a single folder and more context information is available from the results of the search. A number of user interface improvements have been implemented along with features such as "Hide header and footer" to fit the display onto smaller screens. Spaces are now supported for indentation and the editor's horizontal scrolling perfomance is improved. Git logs are also paginated and it is possible to perform a Git Pull or Apply Patch from the Orion interface.

Users can download this latest milestone release to run on Linux, Mac OS X or Windows, or use the Orion Hub hosted service with registration for the service at Orion is licensed under the Eclipse Public Licence.


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