Mylar: A Task Focused UI for Eclipse

Posted in Frameworks, Development on November 25, 2006


Mylar: A Task Focused UI for Eclipse

Presenter: Mik Kersten, Mylar Project Leader Mylar is a task focused UI for Eclipse that makes working with very large workspaces as easy as working with small ones. It makes tasks a first class part of Eclipse, and integrates task repositories such as Bugzilla, Trac, and JIRA. Once your tasks are integrated, Mylar monitors your work activity to identify information relevant to the task-at-hand. Mylar uses this task context to focus the Eclipse UI on the interesting information, hide the uninteresting, and automatically find what's related. This puts the information you need to get work done at your fingertips and improves productivity by reducing searching, scrolling, and navigation. By making task context explicit Mylar also facilitates multitasking, planning, reusing past efforts, and sharing expertise. This webinar will demonstrate what it is like to work with Mylar when developing Java, Plug-in, and J2EE apps. Views such as the Package Explorer, Outline, and Resource Navigator show only the elements relevant to the task-at-hand. The editor folds away uninteresting members and automatically unfolds those in the task context. JUnit integration maintains a suite of tests affected by your current task context. Active Search makes you aware of related elements whether they are in Java, JSP, or XML files. CVS integration makes it possible to synchronize only the tasks' resources. Working with issue trackers like Bugzilla and JIRA becomes a seamless part of task management, and planning is assisted by reports of your task activity. Recalling and sharing task contexts makes picking up where you or someone else left off effortless. In addition, the Mylar model and architecture will be presented in order to provide a starting point for those interested in extending Mylar or integrating it with other Eclipse-based tools.

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Tags: Frameworks, Java, Webinars, J2EE