The browser as IDE - Software development of the future with Orion - May 24, 2011

The browser as IDE - Software development of the future with Orion

The browser has now become one of the most important tools for software development. Bug trackers, documentation and wikis, build servers, and a whole host of special tools run in the browser. 

The relatively new Orion projekt was launched in January 2011 at Eclipse and aims to migrate remaining software development activities to the browser.

  • How is purely Web-based software development possible?
  • Is the Web platform now good enough to complete core tasks such as editing, navigation and search, version control, unit testing etc. in the browser?
  • How are different tools integrated on the Web?
  • Why should we even attempt to use the browser as IDE?

Using live demonstrations of Orion’s current status, Dr. Boris Bokowski from IBM will answer these questions. Orion provides a high-performance, scalable code editor, basis functions such as navigation and search, and integration with git. For more information about Orion, please go to:

TechTalk’s target group includes all software developers who are interested in tools and the future of software development.

The event is held at Deutsche Telekom AG, Products & Innovation in Darmstadt. Interested colleagues and external guests can register with a formless e-mail with their name/company by May 23, 2011 at the latest. The event begins at 6 pm and ends at around 8 pm. Attendance is free and drinks and snacks are provided as always.

The facts in brief:
What | The browser as IDE
When | May 24, 2011, 6 pm (closing date: May 23, 2011)
Where | T-Online-Allee 1, D-Darmstadt
How | Presentation, networking & snacks

About the speaker

Dr. Boris Bokowski is the co-lead for the Orion project and works for IBM in Ottawa, Canada. His experience with IDEs and tool integration ranges from Eclipse 1.0, where he worked on CVS integration, to Eclipse 4.x, where he played a decisive role in the development of the new Eclipse programming model. He studied computer science in Darmstadt and completed his PhD at the Free University of Berlin.

Info for getting there and parking in Darmstadt

You can use the visitor parking spaces at Products & Innovation. In T-Online-Allee 1 the entrance to the underground car park is at the end of the street (facing south – stay right at entrance), where you can report as a visitor for the TechTalk and use the signposted visitor parking spaces (follow the magenta arrows in the underground car park; then take the elevator to the first floor).
You will be shown the way into the forum at visitor reception.

About TechTalk

With the TechTalk format, the Developer Garden – Telekom's developers' platform – offers a discussion forum for developer topics and trends in technology. The events begin with presentations and demonstrations from experts. The floor is then opened for questions and discussions. Afterwards, you can meet the speakers and other participants at the buffet, exchanging ideas and making new contacts.

TechTalks are currently taking place in Berlin and Darmstadt. And if you can't make it in person, you can follow the presentations as a live stream and participate in the online chat. We also post videos of the events on our YouTube channel afterwards.

You can find out all about our TechTalks under:

Got feedback on the TechTalk? Don’t hesitate to send requests, suggestions and topic proposals to us at

TechTalk via Live Stream

You can now follow our TechTalk events online via live stream. The live stream link is made available on the TechTalk site and via our social media channels, e.g., Facebook  and Twitter, shortly before each talk begins.

TechTalk Slides and Videos

Check this site for documentation material (slides, YouTube videos) of the latest talks: TechTalk Slides and Videos

Interested in a TechTalk?

Then send us an informal at with your name/your company name two days before the event at the latest.

Your Feedback

Got feedback on the TechTalk? Don’t hesitate to send requests, suggestions and topic proposals to us at