Ah.. and it uses jQuery too, so I think I can label the view as an example of jQuery plugins for Eclipse :-)
This has several advantages:
- many things are easier to calculate in web languages, than Java. E.g. (running JS tests, running a web poll, etc.)
- writing simple UI in HTML is dead easy. and you can use CSS :-)
The inner workings are pretty simple. Some HTML is rendered by browser widget embedded in traditonal Java Eclipse view. Additionally, JSON and Ajax are used to keep HTML view informed what's going on in the Eclipse workbench.
I know that e4 open social is working on something similar, however how do the gadgets communicate with Workbench?
Wish me luck with final efforts on releasing Zend Studio, and you'll see more of this HTML/JS/PHP plugins :-)