I recently discovered a new Mozilla Labs project called Bespin. From the release announcement:
Just as Mozilla enables massive innovation by making Firefox open on many levels, we hope to do the same with Bespin by developing an extensible framework for Open Web development. We’re particularly excited by the prospect of empowering Web developers to hack on the editor itself and make it their own.
I encourage you to check out this project. It’s in a very early stage of development, so don’t expect to switch IDE’s any time soon, but based on the amount of interest it has already generated the project is going to evolve quickly.
If you want to see what is being talked about in terms of features and opportunities take a look at the Bespin Think Tank. That is what I am calling the mailing list for now as it seems to be one massive flow of brainstorming rather than action oriented messages.
Exciting to me is that several other notable projects are already talking with the folks at Bespin to see how they can work together. One is the Firebug Working Group with the aim of integrating Firebug with Bespin, the other is the E4 Eclipse Project which is a community effort for building the next generation of the Eclipse Platform. There is already an experimental e4 Bespin server which was announced by Boris Bokowski and a cross-country in-person meeting has been setup between the projects to discuss further collaboration.
My Take on Bespin
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