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17 September 2010, 15:05

Application Lifecycle Management becomes strategic Eclipse project

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Eclipse Logo The Eclipse Foundation has made the area of Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) a strategic topic and has created a new top level project for application lifecycle tools. The Mylyn project will now become the home for related areas such as the management of tasks, contexts, software configurations and builds, as well as for reviews and documentations. The Eclipse Mylyn top level project is a well-established collaborative software development project in the Eclipse world that handles administrative tasks and offers ALM tools and services.

In his blog post announcement, Mik Kersten, the founder of the Mylyn project, points out that the Mylyn mission is to provide task and Application Lifecycle Management frameworks and APIs, as well as task-focused programming tools within the Eclipse IDE. The project also aims at creating reference implementations for open source ALM tools used by the Eclipse community and for open ALM standards such as OSLC (Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration).

The decision by the open source organisation has further promoted Mylyn after project executives had announced earlier this year that the Eclipse project was to be extended by various sub-projects. Other top-level projects created by the Eclipse Foundation focus on such areas as Enterprise Java, Runtime, Service-Oriented Architectures (SOA), mobile, language IDEs and modelling. Mike Milinkovich, Executive Director of the Eclipse Foundation, acknowledged Mylyn as an exemplary Eclipse project which has become the de-facto ALM integration framework at Eclipse after Kersten introduced it into the Eclipse community from his PhD thesis.

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