Mylyn 3.8 released as part of Eclipse Juno

by Steffen Pingel, July 10th, 2012

We are happy to announce the availability of Mylyn 3.8 which was released as part of Eclipse Juno! This release includes new components for creating EPUB documents, Subclipse integration, user interface improvements and support for the latest Bugzilla, Hudson and Gerrit versions.



The Gerrit and Hudson connectors have come along way since we created the Mylyn Builds, Mylyn Reviews and Mylyn Versions projects two years ago, when Mylyn became a top-level project. I want to thank everyone who provided feedback in hundreds of Bugzilla tasks and helped evolve the connectors over three versions. With this release the APIs are reaching 1.0 and the projects have successfully graduated from Incubation status to mature projects.

To make these integrations that connect Eclipse to popular application lifecycle tools, available to a wider audience we added the Gerrit and Hudson connectors to several EPP packages. For instance, the RCP/RAP package now contains all components to complete a full Mylyn contribution cycle:

  1. Querying the Eclipse.org Bugzilla using Mylyn Tasks
  2. Activating a Bugzilla task using Mylyn Context
  3. Committing and pushing a change to Git using EGit and Mylyn Versions
  4. Monitoring the triggered build on the Eclipse.org Hudson using Mylyn Builds
  5. Completing the resulting Gerrit code review using Mylyn Reviews

I showed this at the Eclipse DemoCamp in Zurich and Java Forum Stuttgart and never left the IDE throughout the demo. It’s great to see the tooling coming together with the Eclipse 4.2 based Juno packages covering all key aspect of the development workflow out of the box.

The connector reference implementations that are part of Mylyn enable us to validate our own frameworks but feedback that we get from users and adopters building on the APIs is also incredibly valuable to drive development. I want to thank Kiu Leung for implementing an initial prototype of a Koji connector based on Mylyn Builds and Robert Munteanu for creating an integration for ReviewBoard based on Mylyn Reviews fueling the growth of the connector ecosystem.

Likewise, the number of Mylyn projects under the application lifecycle banner has been growing. The Model Focusing Tools project provides focus when working with models reducing information overload. The initial 0.9 release is part of Juno and contains connectors for EMF, GMF, Ecore Tools and UML. Manuel Bork and Carsten Reckord from Yatta Solutions recently published an article that provides a great overview of the underlying technology.

A lot has already been said about Mylyn Intent which brings documentation, code, models and other programming artifacts closer together: “Based on Donald Knuth’s Literate Programmingconcepts and allowing collaborative work around design tasks, Intent will try to reconcile developers with Documentation.” Through tight IDE and workflow integration, Intent ensures that code and documentation stay synchronized. Intent contributes its 0.7 release to Juno.

Vex, a visual editor for XML, is another quickly evolving project under Mylyn Docs which has been releasing milestones regularly. The tooling now supports XML schema and XHTML as well as basic rendering of images. Vex is not yet part of Juno but available from a separate update site and hopefully will join the coordinated release Kepler next year.

Last, but not least, there is Reviews for Eclipse (R4E) which is a project under Mylyn Reviews. R4E supports any artifact, including models, as a review source and has built-in capabilities to conduct formalized reviews that follow IEEE standards. The first 0.10 release was published shortly before Juno and R4E is now on its way towards graduation and joining Kepler.

It’s amazing to be part of the continuously growing Mylyn community and I would to thank all the individuals and companies that have contributed to this release.

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About Steffen Pingel

Steffen Pingel is a Principal Software Engineer at Tasktop Technologies. He enjoys working on tools that keep developers focused and productive and regularly speaks at conferences and user groups. He earned commit rights on the Eclipse Mylyn project in 2006 while completing his degree in Software Engineering at the University of Stuttgart. Since, he has become a member of the Eclipse Architecture Council and the Mylyn PMC and now leads several Mylyn sub-projects on Eclipse.org. Steffen is fascinated by the quality and extensibility of the Eclipse platform which keeps inspiring him to improve the Mylyn framework.

3 Responses to “Mylyn 3.8 released as part of Eclipse Juno”

  1. Lars Vogel Says:

    @Steffen: You might want to update your profile, AFAIK you are not living in Vancouver anymore.

  2. John Thompson Says:

    I occasionally hear good things about Mylyn. Maybe someday I’ll work in an organization that wants to use it.

    But, at my current job, we don’t use it. And, personally, I don’t have a need for it. And, I’m not alone. I mention these things so you’ll understand me when I say:

    Mylyn is code bloat for eclipse.

    It should never be included by default. But, if it is included by default, it should be completely obvious and easy to uninstall it. It should not be foisted upon those who don’t want it. For those who don’t want it, it is distracting and counter-productive.

    It’s disappointing that it’s bundled with any standard version of eclipse.

  3. Anubhav Says:

    I did found Mylyn good and since its bundled with Eclipse, you don’t need to install any additional plugin.

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