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From Tasks to Tweets: the IDE is Going Social

Mik Kersten (Tasktop )

Making Community · Standard (25 mins)
Thursday, 13:30, 25 minutes | Stevens Creek

Tags: Emerging Technology , Tools , UI / RCP
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Developers are increasingly relying on social technologies to get work done. Some of us worry that constant real-time communication will bring productivity to a halt. But new technologies and practices are forming in order to help organizations harness social collaboration as part of an Agile process and integrated developer tool set. This talk will start with a conceptual overview of how communication technologies have changed the face of the IDE in the past decade.  We will review ALM communication tools popular among Eclipse developers and look at how lighter-weight tools such as Twitter are providing an effective collaboration medium that needs to be linked back to the development process.  We will then go through a series of demonstrations showing how the Mylyn task-focused interface can link these disparate communication channels into a single task-focused collaboration environment that spans Eclipse IDE, RCP and mobile applications.  The talk will conclude with a longer-term vision of how the emerging abstraction of collaborative tasks and context is set to provide a broad range of knowledge workers the biggest productivity boost since the concept of files and folders was introduced, and how this new task-focused style of interaction will impact a broad range of Eclipse-based applications.

Dr. Mik Kersten is the CEO of Tasktop Technologies and lead of the Eclipse Mylyn open source project. As a research scientist at Xerox PARC, Mik implemented the first aspect-oriented programming tool support. He then invented the task-focused interface and created Mylyn as part of his PhD at the University of British Columbia. Mik is a popular speaker at software conferences and was voted a JavaOne Rock Star speaker in 2008 and 2009. He enjoys building tools that offload our brains and make it easier to get creative work done. Follow Mik at http://twitter.com/mik_kersten