Command lines and Thimbles
It has been fun to see a couple of blast from the pasts recently, from Mozilla.
One of the Bespin ideas that we were passionate about was the idea of incorporating a command line into an editor. We are seeing this popup in various editors (such as Sublime Editor 2 which I am using to write this post) but why stop in the editor when you can add it to the browser:
We’re adding a toolbar to Firefox, for developers, which includes a command line. It’s a great place to add small tools and experimental features, and we’re making it easy to add your own commands.
This was spearheaded by Joe Walker, someone I very much enjoyed working with on Bespin.
I also remember talking with the Mozilla.org side of the house about making the Web easier to edit and publish. Loe and behold I see Thimble, one part of Mozilla’s Webmaker. The Web’s remixing super power shows up loud and clear. View source to see the link back:
<meta name="remix-url" content="/p/m58"> <meta name="publish-url" content="https://thimble.webmaker.org"> <meta name="deployment-type" content="production">
As we see larger applications with very unviewable source, one way to get back to sharing is to piggy back on some meta variables and some dev
// @sourceURL type directives to point back to nice annotated source, or to Github itself :)
Fun to see thoughts and ideas from the past come to be in much more interesting ways from the great work of awesome people.