Because the iPad comes with Safari, a very good standards compliant webkit based browser, looking for a web based IDE does indeed make sense. So I'm very excited about the Orion announcement as can be found here, here and here.
Installing and starting is easyDownload from http://download.eclipse.org/e4/orion/. I choose the version for Mac OSX. It extracts into a folder named
eclipsethat I renamed immediately to
eclipse-orionto avoid confusion with all the other versions installed on my machine.
Setting the server port to other than 8080Port 8080 is already taken on my system I needed to edit the
config.inifile and change the
For Mac OSX select eclipse and right mouse click to to show package contents:
-startup ../../../plugins/org.eclipse.equinox.launcher_1.2.0.v20101119.jar --launcher.library ../../../plugins/org.eclipse.equinox.launcher.cocoa.macosx_1.1.100.v20101004 -consoleLog -console -data serverworkspace -vmargs -Dorg.eclipse.equinox.http.jetty.http.port=8888 -Dorg.eclipse.equinox.http.jetty.autostart=false -XstartOnFirstThread -Dorg.eclipse.swt.internal.carbon.smallFonts
Fire up your iPad (simulator)Open the iPad simulator, start Safari and go the URL
http://ip-address-of-dev-machine:8888/and see the workspace.
Now you can edit files of your mobile website and save and see them in action right on the couch.
Next time: hooking up to an existing workspace.