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22 June 2010, 16:44

Mozilla updates Bespin cloud based IDE

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Bespin Logo The Mozilla Labs Bespin project developers have released version 0.8, code named “Cheviot”, of their web-based code editor using the latest HTML5 standard. According to Bespin project lead Kevin Dangoor, "Bespin 0.8 is the most important release since Bespin 0.5 introduced the 'Embedded' packaging last November."

The latest development version of the cloud based IDE is half the size of the previous 0.7.3 release and features a new theme capability that allows users to change its appearance via a simple plug-in. Version 0.8 now uses the new LESS.js package to allow UI components to use global theme variables, letting them change appearance as a theme dictates. Other changes include the ability to embed Bespin’s command line in custom Embedded builds and a new client-side template engine that lets users generate their own user interfaces.

Additionally, Dangoor says that he and the developers have "figured out where we’re going with the Bespin Server," noting that they plan to "rewrite the server in JavaScript and leverage the same plug-in system we use on the client." Further details can be found in the Bespin Server Roadmap.

The developers still consider Bespin to be alpha software. Use in production environments and on mission critical systems is not advised. Users testing the release are encouraged to provide feedback and report any bugs that they encounter.

More details about the release, including a what's new video, are available in a post by Dangoor on the Mozilla Lab's Bespin Blog and in the release notes. Bespin Embedded releases are available to download from Mozilla's FTP site and Documentation is provided. Bespin is tri-licensed under the MPL, GPL or LGPL.

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