Mylyn: Redefining the “I” of the IDE

Mik Kersten (Tasktop)

Eclipse Ecosystem - Emerging Technology · Long - one hour
Wednesday, 13:30, 50 minutes | Grand Ballroom FGH

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In under four years, Mylyn’s task-focused interface has gone from a university whiteboard into the hands of most developers using Eclipse. Not long ago the notion of a tool that hides more of the program than it shows sounded crazy. To some it probably still does. But as Mylyn continues its incredibly rapid adoption, the numbers are making the next big step in the evolution of the IDE more clear. Tasks are more important than files, focus is more important than features, and an explicit context is the biggest productivity boost since code completion. This talk will discuss how Eclipse and open source have enabled this transformation, provide lessons learned for other tool innovations, and look ahead at how we are redefining the "I" of the IDE.
Mik Kersten is the CEO of Tasktop Technologies, lead of Mylyn and member of the Eclipse Architecture Council and Board of Directors. While on the AspectJ team at Xerox PARC, Mik implemented the first aspect-oriented programming tool support and co-created the AspectJ and AJDT projects on Eclipse. He then created Mylyn and the Task-Focused Interface during his PhD at the University of British Columbia. Mik likes building tools that offload our brains and make it easier to get creative work done. He is a frequent speaker at developer conferences and was recently recognized in JavaOne Rock Star hall of fame.

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