I recorded the talk that I gave at this year’s EclipseCon, JAX and JavaOne conferences. While I was stuck sitting in a chair during this webcast, and as such it may not have quite as much flare or hand waving as a conference presentation, this is the same talk that got me voted into the JavaOne Rock Star Hall of Fame.
The theme of the talk is the idea that focus and flow are key to creative work, and that tool support can facilitate focus and help us maintain flow, dramatically increasing our productivity. I then describe some of the motivations and foundations behind Mylyn’s task-focused interface, including the split between our brains’ semantic and episodic memory systems. After that, things get more concrete with several demos of Mylyn 3.0, followed by a showcase of the tools that make up the Mylyn ecosystem, including open source connectors as well as commercial tools such as the SpringSource Tool Suite and Tasktop.
Enjoy, and feel free to post any questions on the talk, tools and technology. Oh, and since I’ve already been teased about the weird looking drink I take sips from a few times during the talk, a free Tasktop Pro license will be awarded to the first few who can figure out what it is.
About Mik Kersten
Dr. Mik Kersten is the CEO of Tasktop Technologies, creator of the Eclipse Mylyn open source project and inventor of the task-focused interface. At Tasktop, Mik sets the strategic direction of the company as well as drives many of Tasktop's key partnerships and key customers accounts. He created Mylyn and the task-focused interface during his PhD in Computer Science at the University of British Columbia. Mik has been an Eclipse committer since 2002, is a 3-time elected member of the Eclipse Board of Directors and serves on the Eclipse Architecture Council. Mik's thought leadership on task-focused collaboration and improving the software economy makes him a popular speaker at software conferences, and he was voted a JavaOne Rock Star speaker in 2008 and 2009.