EDI update and shiny new icon

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It’s been quite some time so I wanted to provide an update on the EDI project. The aim was to make getting into Linux development as easy as possible, and to help developers learn how to builds apps using the EFL. Clearly that’s a grand plan and along the way there was a lot of challenges to overcome.

The first major hurdle, beyond actually creating a vision, project definition and basic application, was to make an editor that was powerful but easy to use. None of the available components at this time met the challenge (the early pre-releases were built on existing editor components as best we could), so a new editor needed to be built.

Elm_Code is this new component – it’s been in development for around 6 months now (since early planning began at the E Dev Day alongside LinuxCon Europe 2014) and it’s shaping up nicely. We have highlighting support, inline error overlays and great performance (a few leaks aside…) – and it fits into EDI like this:

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As it’s all under heavy development there aren’t many releases just now, but it’s moving forward really fast. We’re more tightly coupled to the EFL development at this time so our next exciting release will be alongside their 1.15 release in August.

In the meantime I’d love to leave you with this excellent snippet from an Enlightenment user who recently tried out EDI.

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Lastly for this post I wanted to thank raster for the great new icon he made for the app earlier this week – it looks much better and fits well with the Enlightenment suite of apps. We also created a page on the main web site to give a more refined summary of the project.

Taming the power of Linux development

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The power of the APIs available to a linux developer is immense. To help illustrate I have a quote from wilsonk who is learning the EFL APIs:

Well, I could probably make this thing get me coffee but is it worth the effort 🙂

It’s a good point – where do you even start?

EDI – that’s where. We are building a brand new IDE for linux development that aims to make getting into Linux development as easy as possible. It’s in early stages just now but please check it out and let us know what you think!

Building an Enlightened IDE

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So I mentioned before a project called EDI and I’ve been posting some info online but I never really described it here. So – for my faithful followers – what am I up to?

In absence of other active projects (such as growing a company, establishing a software platform or maintaining apps) I decided to get back to some Enlightenment development. After around 8 years off the project a lot had changed – I was struck by how complete the EFL APIs had become but was also surprised that Linux still suffered from a lack of polished development environments.

And so I figured 3 birds with 1 stone –

  1. Learn the new EFL APIs and help with some bug fixing
  2. Create a slick new IDE for Linux
  3. Reduce the barriers for new developers looking to create apps for Enlightenment.

By creating a native IDE application using the Enlightenment libraries we can harness their APIs and render scripts to provide a powerful integrated environment. With any luck we’ll be able to bring in various other E projects to provide graphical editing or version control etc.

I also just completed the icon for the app – see above. I think it works quite well, I hope you guys like it too…

Please stop by the planning page which is kept up to date with progress. I’ll also be posting more updates here as and when there are things to report. Hopefully there will be a great app here for everyone to enjoy soon.