Just in time for Indigo SR2

Eclipse unleash EGit and JGit 1.3 and unveils Gerrit too

Chris Mayer

The Eclipse Foundation looks ready for its move to Git, with some upgraded tools now available

As all Eclipse projects are scheduled to move to Git by December at the very latest, it’s good to know that they are doing all they can to make the transition as seamless as possible

Long-time advocate of Git, Chris Aniszczyk announced the latest release of EGit and JGit 1.3, the Eclipse team provider for the Git control system and its counterpart, a Java library that implements Git. This is the 10th release of both projects, with the team behind it hoping to create a community within Eclipse that is all about Git. There’s already a lot of support for these projects with companies such as Twitter, IBM, Google and of course GitHub solidly pledging their allegiance.

EGit has a bunch of new stuff within it such as:

  • Branch status decoration shows number of commits local branch is ahead or behind remote tracking branch
  • Re-designed Import/Clone Wizard provides extension point to integrate with Repository providers (URI, GitHub, Gerrit)
  • Submodule support to clone and display submodules
  • Branch project tracking keep track of which projects were opened on which branch
  • Many bug fixes

The branch status is a big leap according to Aniszczyk, who says he’s big fan of a branch status decorations. In regard to JGit, there’s improvements within the Git Porcelain API and new commands adding Submodule support. A complete list of improvements is available in New and Noteworthy

This is the last release in the 1.X stream for EGit and JGit and there will be a 2.0 release in June targeting the Eclipse Juno simultaneous release, with API cleanup and changes that happens.

It’s been a good week for Eclipse in terms of Git-related news as they finally rolled out their web-based code reviewer for Git, Gerrit. As first reported on InfoQ, Gerrit is already widely used by the EGit team (even before it became widely available) and should become integral to many Eclipse projects as they make the transfer to the control system. 

Aniszczyk said of the release:

It’s satisifying to see this finally be rolled out as a few of us committers have been pushing on this for the past couple of years as a way to modernize the Eclipse infrastructure. We have been piloting Gerrit for quite awhile in the EGit and JGit projects and have been very pleased with it. It’s great that Eclipse committers now have a convenient way of doing code reviews using Git if they wish to add that workflow for their project.

The groundwork has been done, now we wait to see the benefits to libraries.

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