Beyond Gerrit: Performing Rich Reviews with Eclipse Mylyn
Peer Code Reviews methodologies in general, and Gerrit in particular, have led a profound shift in the way we develop software. With the rapid acceptance of code reviews as an integral part of both Open-Source and closed development process, it's not a question of whether you want to perform them or not -- you don't have a choice! But while the current open source review tools are well thought out and tightly integrated into OSS workflow -- they are also limited, inflexible, and missing features that enterprises need. But more importantly, they aren't very much fun to use.
Our goal with Mylyn Reviews is to design new approaches to the review process that empower and enrich workflow, but also to create tools that you want to use. You'd never use a web-browser to develop your Java code -- so why do you still do your code reviews there? We've been working hard to bring all of the rich features that you expect in an IDE to the code reviews process. We'll demonstrate key UI improvements for the Mylyn Reviews Gerrit Connector and introduce you to new features in Reviews for Eclipse (R4E). Finally, we'll show you the progress we're making in combining the solid technology and proven workflow of Gerrit/Git reviews with the rich capabilities and user interface of R4E.