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Eclipse Extends Mylyn Tasks for Agile ALM



The Eclipse Foundation has announced new initiatives in support of Mylyn, a framework for integrating task and application lifecycle management (ALM) tools with the Eclipse IDE. The project will create new sub-projects representing key IDE/ALM integration categories. New projects include:

  • "Tasks" project for integrating task and change management
  • "SCM" for integrating source code management
  • "Build" for integrating build management and continuous integration
  • "Review" for collaborative code review.

"Mylyn's rapid adoption by Agile and ALM vendors means that we now have to scale up both the integration frameworks and the governance," said Mik Kersten, creator and leader of the Mylyn project and CEO of Tasktop Technologies. "With more than a million monthly downloads, inclusion in nearly all Eclipse distributions and 45 ALM integrations, Mylyn and its ecosystem are ensuring that developers have first-rate task management tools integrated with the Eclipse IDE and the productivity benefits of the task-focused interface, no matter how diverse their ALM stack."

The new sub-projects have provided a channel for vendors in the ALM community to become more deeply involved with the Mylyn project. Organizations leading and contributing to the new sub-projects include Rally Software for "Tasks," Cloudsmith for "Builds," Perforce for "SCM" and INSO for "Review." In addition, Mylyn will now embrace the new Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration (OSLC) web service standards for ALM.

At its core, Mylyn provides integrated and personalized task management through its ground-breaking task-focused interface. As the Eclipse IDE's adoption has grown beyond Java, Mylyn has extended its support to programming domains such as mobile C/C++, PHP and Spring Framework powered enterprise Java applications.

"Thanks to its broad ecosystem of open source and commercial integrations, Mylyn now supports nearly all of the popular ALM tools used by Eclipse users," said Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation. "Mylyn will extend this reach by growing the community of committers and contributors working to make Mylyn an industry standard framework for Agile ALM."


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