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Mylyn is the task and application lifecycle management (ALM) framework for Eclipse.

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Mylyn review by Sanjin T.
Sanjin T.
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"Mylyn: Eclipse's hidden gem"

What do you like best?

1. I can switch context from one development task to another by a single click! This means seeing only files that are relevant to the task at hand.

2. Mylyn automatically keeps track of the time I spent in Eclipse working on the task. This is extremely cheap, and much more precise than any manual time tracking.

3. Mylyn integrates with JIRA and many other work-management applications. This means I can update JIRA task status without having to leave Eclipse window. It also allows me to attach Mylyn context to JIRA ticket, so that another developer can use it later.

What do you dislike?

1. I use multiple Eclipse workspaces, one per development branch, and tasks sometimes span branches, i.e., workspaces, but there's no simple, bulletproof way to share the task context among multiple workspaces.

2. Sometimes, one task builds on top of another - it would be useful to start working on a task by copying the context of another, similar task. Currently, I'm not aware of a way to do that in Mylyn.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Keep the tasks small, e.g., by leveraging sub-tasks. This will allow you to gain maximal benefits from Mylyn.

Optimal granularity of tasks means <= 7 open files, <= 4 hours to complete the task

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

1. Focus on a single task at a time. Not seeing irrelevant files in my IDE means less opportunities to get sidetracked. Coupled with fine-grained tasks, Mylyn allows razor-sharp focus, critical for efficient software development.

2. Every time I move from my IDE to a web browser, I risk losing focus on the development task I'm currently working on, by getting distracted either by an open browser window (e.g., Facebook), or by an extension (e.g., new GMail in my inbox). Being able to interact with my work management application without leaving my IDE means fewer distractions, which means being able to finish my development faster and with better quality.

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Mylyn review by sai jayanth p.
sai jayanth p.
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"Task management interface with eclipse integrated. "

What do you like best?

Integrated task management and auto context management.

Defining local tasks and mylyn will allow focus on it.

Defacing irrelevant tasks, only active can be taken care of. Which helps on easy context switching and sharing.

Restructured mylyn 3.5 and above includes lots of components support.

What do you dislike?

Mylyn can be concept centric rather than only task centric.

UI is clumsy with multiple choices.

can improve integrating with other issue tracking systems

Recommendations to others considering the product

While your are doing support or bug fixes it will be good to use while debugging.

It is good to learn the tool as it benefits developers and time consuming can be reduced, there are documentation and supported files are given on the mylyn site do read it and install it as a plugin on eclipse.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Drafting the work items for developers and it helps in context switching between different projects. If we pick an item to work and current working items and task related files are collapsed[closing irrelevant files].

Relevant methods and utlity classes are shown in explorer when working on an item.

It better maintains history of files path which are previously worked on or now reopened.

What ALM Suites solution do you use?

Thanks for letting us know!
Mylyn review by Guido G.
Guido G.
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"Mylyn helps put regressions into context while contributing to the knowledge base"

What do you like best?

Mylyn creates context metadata when an enhancement is being developed, or a bug is being addressed. When integrated with the source control repository and the bug tracker (I did so successfully with svn or git, and jira or mantis in my experience) this kind of contextual information is of remarkable value, as it will include those assets which are not directly part of the change submitted, but are important because are in, direct or indirect, relation with the change. Having that information attached with bug reports, or development tasks, (automatically) creates good documentation, and at the same times improves the efficiency and response time of the development team during the sdlc, in particular when addressing regressions, because it is directly consumable while inside the IDE.

What do you dislike?

Integration with third-party bug tracking tools has not been consistent, and not always optimal, but improved a lot. Sometimes the UI is a bit clunky, but that is probably a general problem of the eclipse architecture/toolkit.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The development team requires some training on the tool; it only makes sense when the source control repository and the bug tracking/agile management tools are used properly.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As said, the mojor benefit is the help that mylyn provides for fighting regressions. Also, creating documentation readily available for the other developers is also a very valuable benefit.

Mylyn review by Mikko R.
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"Long time experiences with Mylyn"

What do you like best?

The best feature of Mylyn is the "task focused interface". The idea is to automatically filter Explorer and other views according to objects and resources you have used while working on a ticket. The automatically filtered view greatly

What do you dislike?

The requirement to create a ticket in some issue tracker system. It's possible to create a ticket in local database but that is a bit cumbersome. Another big problem with the system is that Mylyn cannot give any major adventages if the tools you use do not support Mylyn well enough. For example, my daily job is to design and program PHP code. The Eclipse PHP tooling (PDT) fails to support Mylyn in many places where it could support it UI wise. The biggest problem is that PDT does not really support Project Explorer view but requires one to use custom PHP Explorer view which has poor support for Mylyn. Ff I were using Eclipse just to write Java code, then Mylyn would work just great.

The default binding for opening currently hidden content in Project Explorer requires ALT+left mouse button click which does not work with most Linux desktop managers because that combination is usually taken by window manager. As a result, one either needs to re-configure shortcuts of Eclipse or window manager, or fall back to selecting the action from context menu. The "Open Resource" (Ctrl+Shift+R) is a good option, too.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Check if your Eclipse related tools really support Mylyn to make it worthwhile. In my opinion, the work and time required to start using Mylyn is worth it if your tooling supports it. Mylyn is worth using if some of your tools lack the support for Mylyn but I'm not sure if it's worth learning to use for that case only. If your programmers are already familiar with Mylyn it makes sense to use it just for the issue tracker integration only.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm writing code and fixing bugs in existing code/framework. Mylyn helps me with quickly changing between multiple tasks. For example, if I'm adding a new feature to the system and urgent bug fix is required, I can quickly switch to the issue (assuming somebody has entered the bug in the issue tracker) and Mylyn automatically closes all the files I was working with. As I debug the issue and work with multiple files (or methods and classes), Mylyn helps the situation by only displaying the relevant methods and classes (or files) in the Explorer view. After I finish fixing the bug, I can just activate the task for the new feature and Mylyn automatically switches all files to the same views I had when the urgent bug fix interrupted my work. The best part is that if the bug is later found to be bigger than assumed, I can easily switch back to bug work again and the old context for that bug is immediately restored in the Eclipse. It's also possible to export task related work in a file and send it to a collegue but I haven't used that featuer. The exported context files are pretty big for the feature and usually one task is active for one developer only.

Mylyn review by Sumit B.
Sumit B.
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"The best task management utility"

What do you like best?

The best part of this utility is that you can create tasks and integrate directly them with bug reporting tool like BugZilla. It's very very easy and smooth. You can create local and shared tasks so that other can work on bugs/tasks as well. Query mechanism is there for retrieving sets of tasks into Mylyn's Task List. It allows you to attach the attachment to a task as well.

What do you dislike?

Cannot create local tickets and sometimes the UI hangs.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Go ahead and use this great utility. This will help you manage your tasks, bugs and reporting issues.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm a coder who develops code and fixes bugs in existing code. Mylyn helps our team in assigning tasks and prioritizing them based on the criticality of bugs/task.

Mylyn review by User in Information Technology and Services
User in Information Technology and Services
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"Used Mylyn for my personal project with small team."

What do you like best?

Task list icons which quickly gives an overview. Icon legend and color coding scheme is excellent.

Easy to search the task with different criteria.

Support for both local and repository task provided. Most of the ALM tool have repository task support.

Create new query to see the task list in own view is easy and good for users.

TASK editing is easy to use.

Bug management is so easy.

Creating Bug from error tab is coolest feature. Although not much used.

Perfect tool for small team to use.

What do you dislike?

The tool can not be used as standalone for change management or for release planning as other ALM tools.

I am not sure whether it will fit in Agile methodology or not.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Support for change management and release planning required.

Test driven development support is needed.

Reporting query can be added to extract the report in spreadsheet.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

TASK management for daily and weekly activities.

Workflow management for all the tasks.

Bug management. Status tracking and timeline for the next release.

Pending items report by date.

Mylyn review by Gabriel F.
Gabriel F.
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"Task management for Eclipse"

What do you like best?

I like the fact that Mylyn enables a very task-focused software development thanks to its framework. This focus is very beneficial for teams that follow an Agile methodology of some kind.

Also, I always have to commend open source projects such as Mylyn.

What do you dislike?

I dislike Mylyn's interface. It's a bit too cluttered in my opinion, which makes it hard to use this framework for the first time and it's not easy to adapt to it.

Plus, since it's not very intuitive, setting up the framework and learning how to use it takes too long for the benefits that it brings to the team. This is perhaps a problem of many of Eclipse's plugins and extensions as Eclipse itself doesn't have a very intuitive interface.

Finally, and this is probably a problem that's inherited from Eclipse, Mylyn's performance is not that great, especially if you're working on a machine with lower computational power.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend that you read Mylyn's documentation and study the framework before using it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I've been working in a small Agile team and I find that Mylyn is useful in our context (we're developing java software on Eclipse). Yet, I've found other tools that do a similar job with much less of a computational price.

Mylyn review by Arbi A.
Arbi A.
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"Mylyn brings task management directly to your developpment environment"

What do you like best?

It's tight integration with eclipse, i.e. no more need to switch context and having to check a web page for every time you're looking for a ticket. Everything is just in your eclipse development environment thanks to Mylyn !

This also bring an additional comfort to your development experience, and a flexibility that can't reproduced easily when it comes to put tasks and code side by side.

What do you dislike?

Mylyn lacks itself the possibility to track down concerns automatically but tasks can be used within the queries. Also, Mylyn lacks the possibility to calculate elements that belong to one given task and not another one. This may be a limitation that can be solved or fixed in future versions of the product.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It may be complex to setup and not intuitive to use at first, especially for large teams with members leaving or been added to the team frequently but it's absolutely worth the learning curve.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We developers perform many different activities of various kinds. These activities can be about writing source code to add a new functionality, write test at different levels (unit tests, integration tests, functional tests, and acceptance tests), we may also get involved in fixing bugs in a given version of the application; In addition to write documentation for code and test, answer questions and provide support for operation people once the code get it through deployment. And we also collaborate with each others by suing communication tools like slack or by attending meetings and much more.

Unfortunately, these activities are not smooth i.e. we don't finish one to start the next one but we may jump to something else (e.g. something more urgent like production bug fix), this impact our productivity as we switch context back and forward. Mylyn allow us to record our activities and enrich the context of each of these activities with a lot of useful details (e.g. involved classes, methods, even cursor position).

Mylyn review by User in Computer Software
User in Computer Software
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"A much needed and preferred subsystem for Eclipse and developers."

What do you like best?

It makes multitasking easy. It helps to work efficiently with different types of tasks like bug reporting etc. So its a much required and preferred one, well I do prefer for developers who use Eclipse.

What do you dislike?

Well more features could be added and it can be created as a single subsystem which users require. Also when I suggest someone they don't trust because there is not much about it on web.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use it its an awesome task management software. It helps you manage your tasks, send bugs , report problems. It has wonderful task focused interface. Moreover you can integrate it with Bugzilla for bugs, Github to access repositories and more integrations are available.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Well I am developing Java related stuff in Eclipse. Also I am developing android stuffs too. It helps me reporting bugs, managing tasks and all. Moreover I can integrate it with Github to access the repositories over there.

Mylyn review by User in Computer Software
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"Task Focused Developers to stay on track"

What do you like best?

The best aspect of Mylyn is the color coded visuals that help track progress, items ready for release and defects. At the beginning and end of every day, the ability to reference this documentation is essential for cross-geo developers. I utilized this tool when working with a huge development team and often changed and it was effective to jump into this lifecycle management to quickly understand what has been touched and where to start or end your day.

What do you dislike?

The design isn't the greatest but it works for extreme coding and what's relevant. At times it took an extended amount of time to load but beyond that, I don't think one can complain about the features and the business problems it resolves. I think in the future they could improve the UI to quickly compete with new tools on the market today.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great tool to help understand the most relevant code that's been touched from a development team. I would definitely use it again. I think it would be interesting to use with a team that sits together in an office.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The biggest business problems Mylyn helped solve was cross-geo issues and reducing the need to chat with developers to quickly understand change logs and relevant code. With a team located in different geographic areas, speaking isn't possible at all times so the ability to quick see the changes adds valued insight and help in the day to day software development.

Mylyn review by SrinivasaRao J.
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"My experience with Mylyn"

What do you like best?

It helps to manage multiple tasks( bugs, problem reports or new features) easily.

Switching between different tasks is easier.

It tracks all activities.

Allows Integration with repositories such as Bugzilla, Trac, Redmine, Mantis,JIRA, Unfuddle, and GitHub

You can import and export tasks.

It manages context of the task

It's built with eclipse which is leading IDE for developers

What do you dislike?

I have never faced any issue till now. Everything works perfectly.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Best task management tool available in the market right now.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use it to manage my tasks. It saved lot of time while working on multiple tasks.

It's must needed tool for developers.

Mylyn review by Chaitanya Kumar C.
Chaitanya Kumar C.
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"Good Task Management Tool"

What do you like best?

The best thing is it comes with eclipse which I always use.

Task context management.

Captures all activities like classes, methods, cursor positions.

Restoring of context while switching tasks.

Export and importing tasks

Supports integration of Bug tracking software like GitHub,JIRA,Bugzilla

Comes by default with newer versions

What do you dislike?

Integration with other software can be much more easier.

Eclipse some times not respond.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's a good tool to manage tasks.

You should seriously consider this tool.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am a developer who spends all his time on eclipse.

This tool allows me to switch between different tasks smoothly.

Mylyn review by G2 Crowd User in Information Technology and Services
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"Another great product with ease of use. "

What do you like best?

Just like eclipse Mylyn is very easy to use. As application life cycle management framework of eclipse it makes creation of full fledged projects very easy. It helps finding the relevant codes.

What do you dislike?

No dislikes as such. But yes to make the product more popular there should be some more cool features added as well as marketed.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Just like eclipse Mylyn is very easy to use. As application life cycle management framework of eclipse it makes creation of full fledged projects very easy. It helps finding the relevant codes.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As application life cycle management framework of eclipse it makes creation of full fledged projects very easy. It helps finding the relevant codes.

Mylyn review by Sebastian C.
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"Mylyn with Eclipse"

What do you like best?

The Mylyn capability to connect several other plugins and services, like bug tracking servers (Mantis, bugzilla, etc)

What do you dislike?

I do not find anything that I dislike directly, but it the configuration itself could be better and smoother.

Recommendations to others considering the product

For those of you who haven’t heard of it before, Gerrit is a code review system designed for use with the Git version control system. It’s a highly configurable, web-based, code review system. Gerrit is used by Eclipse, using Mylyn

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The business problems are you solving is the integration with Matins bug tracking servers, and others.

Mylyn review by User in E-Learning
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"Mylyn is a very good open source Task-Focused Interface plugin in eclipse"

What do you like best?

Mylyn supports variety of languages from front end to back-end scripting languages

It helps us to work efficiently with multiple tasks.

We can easily import and export the tasks.

Perfect tool for small team to use.

Easy context sharing

Everything is just in eclipse development environment

What do you dislike?

Sometimes the UI hangs, while creating local tickets.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Very good frame work for TASK management for daily and weekly activities.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This will help us manage tasks, bugs and reporting issues.

Pending items report by date.

Mylyn review by User in Higher Education
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"Freezes too many times"

What do you like best?

I have been using Eclipse/MyLyn for 4+ years now. Although it came a long way, but there's still too many bugs to deal with. Most of my fellow developers have been switching to Android Studio or JetBrains and etc platforms.

What do you dislike?

Takes a long time to fix bugs once it's reported.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Till now the oldest platform available at the market and has lots of tutorial content available.

Mylyn review by Santosh V.
Santosh V.
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"MyEclipse"

What do you like best?

It is the best IDE tool and very user friendly tool.

What do you dislike?

Since it is a paid version, small startup companies cannot afford to buy a paid version tools.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

App Development

Mylyn review by Kaustubh V.
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"A very great IDE. I have used eclipse in the past. Great tool for developers."

What do you like best?

It user interface. It makes it easy for programmers to code focussing on the code which is relevant. Supports variety of languages from front end to backend scripting languages.

What do you dislike?

Nothing so far. I have used it for several years haven't came across any issues as such.

Recommendations to others considering the product

They have a good user interface which makes it easy for programmers to code.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Programming applications have never been easy. Using this software it makes the work easier and efficient.

Mylyn review by G2 Crowd User in Food & Beverages
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"Mylyn is a great IDE integrated into eclipse like an Application life cycle product"

What do you like best?

Its a great tast management tool for developers and integrates a lot of extentions

What do you dislike?

The product is not well known in companies, So I encourage developers using eclipse to use Mylyn

Recommendations to others considering the product

It really improves application productivity and time management

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We wanted a product for all the developers to integrate application lifecycle in as less IDE's as possible and Mylyn helped us acheive that goal

Mylyn review by Administrator in Government Administration
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"It works really well. "

What do you like best?

Easy to use, great platform. It's also great customer service. The buttons are very intuitive, as are all of the options in the platform. I also like the color choices and graphics.

What do you dislike?

Nothing really, it works just fine. Price maybe.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Operations issues such as keeping an important database solutions and being able to pull up data easily.

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