Tasktop Technologies, the company behind the Eclipse Mylyn developer productivity software, has announced the release of the enterprise-ready Tasktop Pro 1.5 and the open source Mylyn 3.2. The new releases also feature integrations for IBM Rational ClearQuest, Danube ScrumWorks Pro and expanded support for Atlassian's JIRA, Bamboo, Crucible and FishEye.
Tasktop Technologies, the company behind the Eclipse Mylyn developer
productivity software, has announced the release of the
enterprise-ready Tasktop Pro 1.5 and the open source Mylyn 3.2. These
releases also support the new Eclipse 3.5, codenamed Galileo, release
Mik Kersten, CEO of Tasktop and creator of Mylyn, said these tools
boost developer productivity by integrating change and task management
tools with the Eclipse Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and by
displaying only the code that is relevant to a task, reducing code
investigation time and facilitating multitasking.
The new release of Tasktop's task-focused interface technology
provides integrations for IBM Rational ClearQuest, Danube ScrumWorks
Pro, and expanded support for Atlassian's JIRA, Bamboo, Crucible and
FishEye. This release also introduces the Mylyn Connector Discovery
tool, which makes it easy to find and install new Mylyn integrations
into the Eclipse IDE.
"The landscape of change management tools is heterogeneous, due to
the presence of legacy systems, new tools for agile and Scrum, and the
general need to choose best-of-breed solutions," Kersten said in a
statement. "Across the Mylyn and Tasktop channels we have seen over a
thousand requests for Mylyn connectors to 60 different change
management solutions. Three dozen connectors are now available from a
variety of vendors."
Moreover, "with this release, Tasktop's measurable productivity
benefits are now available for developers using any of the tools most
popular with Eclipse users," Kersten said. "In addition, the new Mylyn
Connector Discovery tool makes enterprise-ready connectors as easy to
find and install as applications from Apple's App Store. Thanks to the
rapid expansion of Mylyn and Tasktop integrations, Eclipse is now the
most broadly connected IDE available."
Kersten said Tasktop has worked with IBM's Rational unit to validate
Tasktop's new ClearQuest Mylyn Connector as "Ready for IBM Rational
Software." Developers can work with ClearQuest artifacts directly from
the Eclipse IDE. The connector uses the new Open Services for Lifecycle
Collaboration (OSLC) interfaces to ClearQuest; OSLC is a community
effort to develop specifications for software lifecycle resources and
interfaces to improve tool interoperability.
"We're excited that ClearQuest customers can now take advantage of
the leading-edge IDE technology provided by Eclipse Mylyn, especially
since it builds on the OSLC specifications that we have been
collaborating on with Tasktop," said Stephen Lauzon, senior manager,
ISV Strategy and Technical Enablement, IBM Rational Business
Development, in a statement.
The Danube ScrumWorks Pro connector enables developers to access all
tasks and stories housed in ScrumWorks Pro as a seamless integration
with Tasktop Pro for the Eclipse IDE.
"Scrum helps teams increase productivity, so it makes sense that
ScrumWorks Pro supports both the project management and development
tooling needed to realize those benefits," said Victor Szalvay, chief
technology officer at Danube. The ScrumWorks Pro connector creates a
fully integrated environment for Scrum development that takes advantage
of Mylyn's task-focused interface.
Meanwhile, Atlassian expanded its presence in the Mylyn community
with the latest release of the Atlassian Connector for Eclipse version
1.1. The new version introduces Eclipse integration for its
FishEye SCM insights and enhanced Mylyn connectors for JIRA issues,
Crucible code reviews and Bamboo build management.
"Eclipse is by far the most popular IDE amongst our customers and I
think it's awesome they can now use our development tools right in
their IDE." said Mike Cannon-Brookes, CEO of Atlassian, in a statement.
"The Atlassian Connector for Eclipse adds code reviews and builds to
the existing Mylyn task list used for JIRA issues making it simple and
efficient to manage everything you're working on in one place." Tasktop
Pro builds on this connector to provide automatic time tracking for
developers using JIRA.
Meanwhile, the latest releases of Mylyn and Tasktop include a
redesigned task editor with a streamlined user interface and increased
performance, making scanning task updates much faster than
browser-based access. Mylyn is a key component of Eclipse Galileo and
is included in eight out of nine Eclipse distribution packages and
there are now more than three dozen integrations available. The new
Mylyn Connector Discovery tool makes it easier for developers to find
and install additional integrations to extend the benefits of
task-focused productivity, Kersten said.
In addition, in a blog post, Kersten said:
"The biggest addition to Mylyn in the past year is WikiText, the
lightweight wiki markup editing framework, created by David Green,
which we all now depend on when authoring tasks. WikiText has seen
numerous improvements, such as integration with the local task editor,
formatting for stack traces, and output to PDF when used as an API for
converting wiki documents."