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Mylyn 3.7 lets Gerrit onboard

Chris Mayer

The revolutionary type-focused interface that only shows the relevant code has a new version, bringing in code-review connector Gerrit.

The open source ALM Eclipse Mylyn project has certainly skyrocketed in its popularity since the idea for it was floated about back in 2005. Now comfortably in their third series, Tasktop has released Eclipse Mylyn 3.7 which once again shook up the formula adding in some cool new features.

Steffen Pingel notes just how far the multi-task tool has come, saying that ‘when Mylyn was still known as Mylar, our Bugzilla listed a few hundred tasks for the project. Six years later, my Task List has accumulated over 10K tasks for Mylyn alone and contains twice as many tasks in total’.

Clearly to cope with the sheer amount of tasks, Mylyn has constantly evolved and version 3.7 brings in improved filtering to the Task List via the use of a Lucene-based index. This allows for more comprehensive search system by instanteously querying the full comment streams of all tasks. Pretty nifty and it adds a whole range of dimensions to filtering.

Also, the Tasktop team have responded to clamouring for a proper code-review system within Mylyn, by including the popular Gerrit fully after trialling it within the sister project, Mylyn Reviews. Fully upgraded to Gerrit 2.2 after maturing there, the connector is now included in Mylyn releases and the Juno repository. The connector holds close links with the latest version of EGit and extends the import wizard for simple importing of projects. When a Gerrit server has been configured, the wizard provides a listing of all Git repositories from that server to allow simple cloning and importing of all available projects.

Other enhancements include better integration in Compare Editor and hyperlinks within the Task Editor to link artifacts together. Seemingly simple additions that should make life easier.

To get to grips with all that is new to Eclipse Mylyn in 3.7, check out the New and Noteworthy. Even better, if you’re attending EclipseCon this week, you can visit the Tasktop team there to see it in action for yourself.

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