Mylyn Becomes Eclipse Top-Level Project

New-Look Mylyn

Jessica Thornsby

The Mylyn project is promoted to an Eclipse top-level project, creating new sub-projects collaborating with Cloudsmith, Perforce and Rally Software.

Mylyn has been promoted to an Eclipse top-level project.

This promotion is related to the Mylyn Project Restructuring, which proposed the
creation of sub-projects for Mylyn components, to address the
growing adoption of Mylyn’s frameworks and to represent the IDE/ALM
integration categories that were deemed the most crucial.

The Mylyn source code will be moved into these new sub-projects,
which include a Tasks sub-project for providing task editing, task
list management and offline synchronisation for application
lifecycle management (ALM) servers. Tasks is described as the
“central portion of the ALM integration framework used by Mylyn” in
the Restructuring Proposal. The Build sub-project is a place for
committers to collaborate on extending Mylyn’s build system APIs,
and the Review sub-project provides Eclipse-based 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, back in March.

Organisations leading and contributing to the new sub-projects
include Cloudsmith for ‘Builds,’ Perforce for ‘SCM’ and Rally
Software for ‘Tasks.’ It is hoped this new structure will enable
interoperability across the application lifecycle, and encourage a
wider range of Agile vendors getting involved in Mylyn.

Essentially, Mylyn provides integrated task management through
its task-focused interface. As the Eclipse IDE has grown, Mylyn has
extended to support programming domains such as the Spring
Framework, PHP and C/C++.

At his blog, Mike Milinkovich describes the new,
top-level Mylyn as a new “centre of gravity for the application
lifecycle tooling projects at Eclipse.”

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