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Mozilla Bespin: Cloud code editing via browser

Mozilla Labs is pushing into the cloud with an experiment called Bespin, a browser-based editor. While still a Mozilla Labs project, Bespin looks like an excellent "cloud editor."

Bespin is a Mozilla Labs experiment that "proposes an open, extensible Web-based framework for code editing that aims to increase developer productivity, enable compelling user experiences, and promote the use of open standards."

Introducing Bespin.

(Credit: Dion Almaer on Vimeo)

What does that mean? Well, the short answer is that Bespin gives developers the ability to edit local or remote code via a Web browser. The current release is written in JavaScript, and it supports editing of HTML and JavaScript files, but no compiled languages such as Java yet.

While still a Mozilla Labs project, Bespin looks like an excellent representation of what I've called a "cloud editor," wherein developers can manipulate code directly, and the platform is aware of what to do, once the code is changed.

There are a number of browser-based editors already, but check out the video, and you'll see why Bespin is interesting.

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