Janos Koppany

We decided to officially reunite HgEclipse and MercurialEclipse.

Jessica Thornsby

JAXenter speaks with co-founder and CEO at Intland Software, Janos Koppany, about the release of MercurialEclipse 1.6.0.

Version 1.6.0 of
MercurialEclipse
saw the Eclipse plugin reunited with
HgEclipse, which was cloned from the original MercurialEclipse
project. JAXenter caught up with Janos Koppany, co-founder and CEO
at Intland Software, to find out what motivated the two projects to
join forces……

JAXenter: You recently announced version 1.6.0
of MercurialEclipse, what are the biggest updates for this
release?

Janos Koppany: This new version focuses on
enhancing the plugin experience when used in massively
multi-project and multi-repo environments. It features:

  • Full rewrite of multi-project support, resulting in
    incomparable performance and usability optimization for
    enterprises: Operations on huge repositories, formerly demanding 10
    minutes now take just 10 seconds.
  • Full support for multiple Eclipse projects under one Mercurial
    root.
  • Better repository management: improved Clone Wizard,
    Repositories view and project repository settings.
  • Added first draft of the full-text history search, allowing
    easy grep for any string in the entire repository history.
  • History view usability improvements:
  1. new bisect feature.
  2. file status decorations: added / removed / changed.
  3. highlighting for merge commits.
  4. tag info for single file history.
  5. history navigation up to the root.
  6. new context menus to compare / open / replace with parent /
    other file versions.

For Windows users: Mercurial has been updated to the 1.4.3
version. Mercurial documentation and main pages have been
integrated into the Eclipse help, enabling developers to work
completely offline without ever leaving Eclipse.

As usual, various performance / usability improvements and bug
fixes in all areas have been provided.

JAXenter: In this release, MercurialEclipse is
brought together with HgEclipse, which was cloned from the original
MercurialEclipse project. What was behind the decision to merge
these two parallel projects?

Janos Koppany: Some months ago, we offered
HgEclipse as an alternative to the Mercurial plugin, focusing on
enterprise needs. As Mercurial users were obviously confused by
these two projects in parallel we decided to officially reunite
HgEclipse and MercurialEclipse by the current MercurialEclipse 1.6
release.

Thereby, our aim was to eliminate redundancy and confusion,
further evangelize the use of Mercurial in Eclipse, and secure to
best serve the interests of our users. So, MercurialEclipse 1.6 is
now the definitive Mercurial Plugin for the Eclipse IDE.

JAXenter: You recently released codeBeamer
Eclipse Studio (CBES), which integrates with MercurialEclipse. Can
you tell us a little more about that?

Janos Koppany: CBES is the perfect match for
MercurialEclispe, offering even more flexibility, mobility, and
sophisticated task management for distributed projects.
Requirements, tasks and bugs can be created and updated, then be
associated with Mercurial change sets without leaving Eclipse. When
working offline, CBES synchronizes with web-based data as soon as
the network access is re-established.

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