Orion 0.4 M2 – New and Noteworthy

It has been another blockbuster milestone for the Orion project. This milestone brings extensive tooling improvements, including global search and replace, content assist for HTML, template completion for JavaScript, and CSS outline and error checking. The user interface has also had a major facelift with an eye toward giving more pixels to the most important content, and optimizing for mobile devices and touch displays. There is also a brand new user settings page, and a completely redesigned Git user interface. As always, you can give it a spin on OrionHub (sign up), or download your own copy. Read on below for more details.

Replace across multiple files

You can now replace matches across multiple files from the Search Results page. After performing a search, click Replace to open a slideout where the replacement text is entered. After entering the text, click Preview Changes to open a preview of all the matches to be replaced. From this page you can check or uncheck individual files or matches, and use next/previous diff buttons in the compare editor to cycle through your changes. Finally, click Commit to perform the replace.

Search results improvements

You can now navigate through search results using the Up and Down arrow keys on your keyboard. Push Right arrow to open a popup showing additional lines surrounding the search result, and Left arrow to close the popup.

Find File dialog improvements

There have been several improvements to the Find File dialog, accessed via Ctrl+Shift+R in the editor or by pressing ‘t’ on other pages:

  • When multiple matching files have the same name, the full path of each file is now shown to help you tell them apart.
  • Matching favorites now appear at the top of the list
  • You can navigate between search results using the Up and Down arrow keys
  • Matches are now sorted alphabetically

JavaScript content assist templates

JavaScript content assist in Orion now provides templates for common control structures. Simply invoke content assist with Ctrl+Space, and select from among the available templates that match your current cursor position. Templates have been added for:

  • for...in iteration over object properties
  • for loop over an array
  • while and do/while loops
  • if and if/else blocks
  • try/catch and try/catch/finally blocks
  • switch blocks

Some templates require you to fill in certain variables such as conditions or other values. Use Tab to iterate through the fields to be completed, and Enter to finish the template.

JavaScript content assist variable and argument completion

JavaScript content assist will now propose matching local variables and function arguments from all enclosing functions in the current script.

HTML content assist

Content assist has been added for HTML files. Invoking content assist in an empty file will produce a basic well-formed HTML 5 document. Completion is offered for all elements supported in HTML 5. Closing element tags are inserted where appropriate.

For lists and tables, completion will also insert the first list item or table row for you:

CSS Lint plug-in

Orion CSS Lint integration, previously available as a separate plugin, is now included by default in the set of plug-ins distributed with Orion. In addition, this plug-in now provides an outline view for CSS files.

New settings page

A new Settings page has been introduced. The JavaScript Editor tab allows customization of fonts and colors in the JavaScript editor. Note that changes take effect immediately across all editors you currently have open in the current browser.

The Plugins tab shows the set of installed plugins, and supports adding and removing plugins. This page will evolve to show further details about each plugin as well.

Navigator “Go up” command

A new command has been added to the Navigator page, allowing you to quickly navigate up to the parent of the current folder. Simply click Go Up, or use Alt+Up on your keyboard.

Background progress reporting

Orion can now report progress on multiple background operations at once, and even report progress on operations occurring in other frames and pages. This sounds simple, but anyone who has tried to do this on the web will realize how amazing this is. Click the progress button in the top right corner of the page to drop down a list of current and recent operations. From this list you can also visit a separate page showing a longer operation history.

A new Related Pages menu has been added to the page header. This allows you to quickly navigate between multiple pages that deal with the same file or folder you are currently viewing. For example, from the editor page you can now quickly jump to the Git Log page showing commits involving that file.

Revamped Orion header

The header at the top of each Orion page has been overhauled and cleaned up. Highlights include:

  1. More static information has been moved to the top of the header, and dynamic information has moved down to be closer to the content.
  2. The logo has been moved and shrunk to make more room for the header information you really care about.
  3. More room has been created for additional navigation features such as the new Related pages menu.
  4. Toolbars have been moved down out of the header into the most appropriate page area. For example the Save button and current line/column information is now in a bar directly above the editor rather than in the global header. One result of this change is that toolbars are still available when the header/footer are collapsed via Ctrl+Shift+M

For more information on the Orion UI design philosophy and direction, see the Orion Page Layout wiki page.

Customized tablet/mobile presentation

Orion styling has been tweaked to work much better on mobile devices. When using a display of 1024 pixels or less, we now pad the checkbox and twistie icons with more hittable breathing room.It is now much easier to check/uncheck boxes and invoke commands on a small touch screen. In addition, an editor problem with automatic uppercasing introduced with a recent iOS update has been addressed. The Orion editor now functions well again on iPad.

Fork me on Orion

Orion now uses URI templates to invoke commands on an Orion page using a URI. These commands are limited to altering the page layout such as opening input fields and dialogs. For example, you can now create a URL to initiate a clone operation on a particular repository. To see this in action, click Fork me on OrionHub to clone the Orion client code in your OrionHub account. Note you still need to manually click “Submit” after visiting the URL before the clone operation actually starts.

New git repository page

A completely new Git Repositories page has been introduced in this milestone. This replaces the previous deep tree structure with a flatter, more web-like presentation. Most basic commands are available at a glance without having to drill down, making the page much easier to use on touch and mobile devices. The Working Directory section shows at a glance what changes you have made that require staging or committing. The Commits sections shows all incoming commits that require merging, and all outgoing commits that have not been pushed to the current branch’s remote repository. There are further sections listing all branches, tags, and remotes for the current repository.

New git commit details page

A new Git Commit page has been introduced to accompany the new repositories page. Simply click on any commit from either the Repositories or Git Log page to open the commit details page. From here you can see all information about the commit, including author/committer, link to parent commit, associated tags, and diffs of all files modified by the commit. You can also tag or cherry-picka commit from this page.

Save and apply Git patches

You can now save unstaged changes as a patch to be reapplied later. From the Git Status page, simply select the files to be saved, and click Save Patch.

Saved patches can be applied later, or by another user, by clicking Apply Patch on the Git Repositories page. A patch can be applied either from an uploaded file, or from a URL (such as a bugzilla attachment).

Remove git tags

Git tags can now be removed. From the Git Repositories page, find the tag you want to remove and click Delete. Tag deletions can be pushed to a remote repository using the Push All command on the same page.

Automatic password reset

You can now associate an email address with your Orion account from your Profile page. Once the address is confirmed, it can be used to automatically reset your Orion password if you forget it in the future.

Server running Jetty 8

We have upgraded the neolithic Jetty version we previously shipped with the Orion Server. We are now running and delivering the most recent Jetty 8.1 from eclipse.org.


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