Linked by Kroc Camen on Fri 13th Feb 2009 22:26 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones Bespin is an experimental in-browser text/source-editor created by Mozilla Labs. Using any modern web browser (that means no IE, obviously), you can edit your projects from any computer, or with the added flexibility of the web - such as online collaboration, decentralisation, and extensibility. Read more for Kroc's review.
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Problems we can deal with
by amjith on Fri 13th Feb 2009 23:42 UTC
amjith
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2005-07-08

I agree with the problems of using a text editor that is inside the browser, but some of the problems can be easily overcome with minor tweaks.

Many shortcuts already used:
I am sure the webpage can override some of the shortcuts used by the browser. For eg: Gmail overrides the '/' with its mail search instead of Firefox's browser search.
Memory usage:
This will be a real problem and I don't see a way around it.
Screen real-estate:
Full-screen mode in the browser will get rid all the browser elements and leave you will a full-screen Bespin.
Stability (TextMate never crashes)
TextMate never crashes ANYMORE.... I am sure we can overcome the stability problem in time.

I had always wanted an online code editor with syntax highlighting and some rudimentary form of project management. The most important feature that I am looking forward to is their collaboration feature which is planned for their future release.

If all else fails and you really want to run it from your desktop instead of a browser there is always Mozilla labs' prism http://labs.mozilla.com/projects/prism/

Edited 2009-02-13 23:46 UTC

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RE: Problems we can deal with
by Lennie on Sat 14th Feb 2009 08:39 in reply to "Problems we can deal with"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

I really like the idea of Bespin, I've had similair thoughts and even started creating a login-screen for it, but never found a good starting point for the editor (and time).

Any issues people have with this, as the parent poster already mentioned, are mostly solved by the other Mozillla project Prism.

It solves most of the issues keyboard-shortcuts, browser-stability, access to local files, etc.

They are all options that can be enabled/disabled in Prism on a per application/website basis.

The only problems I see is, that they are not ready yet. ;-) Bespin is Alpha en Prism is beta if I'm not mistaken.

I think this is what our customers have already had for years (a webbased CMS), but this time for webdevelopers (and they don't use IE, so that solves that problem if anyone should complain about that).

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