Smooth transition

Eclipse’s Git tools, JGit and EGit, receive Juno SR1 updates

Chris Mayer

As the December Gitpocalypse looms, two Git-centric Eclipse projects get some welcome updates.

Git tools JGit and EGit have both received bumper updates just in
time for Eclipse Juno’s scheduled Service Release 1.

Led by SAP’s Matthias Sohn (EGit) and Google’s Shawn Pearce (JGit),
the two projects (founded back in 2009) set out to secure a solid
Git community within the Eclipse Foundation, with contributions
from Google, IBM and Github employees, amongst others. This, their
12th release, is arguably the most important yet, as Eclipse
projects are encouraged to move across to Git before CVS support is
shut off in December.

The core project, JGit, is a lightweight Java library for
implementing Git, while EGit is Eclipse’s certified Git Team
Provider, implementing Eclipse tooling for JGit. This also means
that any member on a project has a full copy of the entire code
revision history, making querying against the history a doddle.
Thanks to the high calibre committers, main use cases can be done
entirely in EGit, without using native Git.

in JGit
is a garbage collector for FileRepositories, updated
porcelain commands and a new command line command, “show”. EGit has
received further care and attention, the biggest addition being the
“Push To Gerrit” function which allows for seamless code reviewing.
Two further updates to JGit and EGit are expected in December and
February, in time for SR2.

According to Eclipse Director Wayne Beaton, 64%
of Juno projects
have already switched Git. With the health of
these projects, by the time Kepler comes round that figure could be
even higher.

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