Eclifox - web based access to Eclipse IDE
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Eclipse is a rather powerful development environment / platform. Some of us have been using it since the switch from VisualAge for Java.
Gautham initially came up with the idea of experimenting with interfacing the Eclipse Views rendering aspects with a browser. Check out Gautham's blog entry on this.
The idea was to view and interact with the Eclipse IDE via a browser. Code named Eclifox.
We finally ended up doing this - a simple functional diagram shown alongside - to convert the Eclipse SWT definitions to XUL, and represent it on a Firefox browser.
This opened up interesting possibilities; run an eclipse instance on a server, and get multiple users to view the same instance, and probably work on it together. The intent was to take this further, and make it a multi-user environment where every user views an independent instance of the development environment. But then, Eclipse wasn't designed to be a server side software, so it was an interesting exercise at that time.
Check out this Eclifox recorded demo. download the file, rename the .pdf file to .swf; you should then be able to view it a flash player, or your browser.
Gautham Pai led this effort, with Adarsh Ramamurthy, Karthik Ananth, Srirang G. Doddihal, Prasanna V. Pandit, Mohd Amjed Chand, and Vikas Patil as interns. Again, the entire set were from SJCE.