The Graphical User Interface hasn't seen a fundamental change since it's first deployment at PARC three decades ago. Its desktop metaphor has buckled under the weight of the thousands of files, web pages and emails that overload us today. Mylyn is a step towards deprecating this information-centric approach to building tools in favor of a task-centric approach that aligns tools around the way that we work, not around the implementation details of how information is stored.
In order to bring Mylyn's Task-Focused way of working to your entire workday, bridges and connectors are needed to integrate the various information sources that you use. This BOF will be a showcase of the latest Mylyn integration that enables you to be more productive in your programming and other knowledge work activities, without leaving the other tools that you already rely on.
We have a lot of cool new Mylyn extensions and connectors to show you and will have other projects leads demonstrate how they have leveraged Mylyn (full list to come soon). The BOF will start a floor that's open to your questions and interests. We will then highlight the key features and best practices that will help you apply the Task-Focused Interface dramatic increase in productivity that other adopters, including ourselves, now depend on daily. We will then have an open discussion about our roadmap for the task-focused road ahead.
Mik Kersten is the President and CTO of Tasktop Technologies, lead of the Eclipse Mylyn project, committer on the AspectJ project, and member of the Eclipse Architecture Council. While a research scientist at Xerox PARC, Mik implemented the first aspect-oriented programming tool support with AspectJ plug-ins for JBuilder, NetBeans, Visual Studio, and Emacs. He then created Mylyn and the Task-Focused Interface technology while completing his PhD at the University of British Columbia. Mik's passion is building Eclipse-based tools that offload our brains and make it easier to get creative work done.
Robert Elves is Product Manager at Tasktop Technologies and a committer on the Eclipse Mylyn project. Robert holds a MSc in Computer Science from the University of Victoria where his research domain was locomotion in information spaces, with a focus on helping developers navigate source code.
Steffen Pingel is a software developer at Tasktop Technologies. He enjoys working on Mylyn based tools that keep developers focused and productive. He has been a committer on the project since 2006 when Google's Summer of Code got him addicted to Mylyn.