Thursday, August 12, 2004

Lotus 'Jazz' To Pair collaboration, programming perks in Eclipse IDE

Lotus 'Jazz' To Pair collaboration, programming perks in Eclipse IDE
IBM's Lotus Software group strutted its R&D stuff Wednesday, showing off nascent 'Jazz' team collaboration tools for the Eclipse programming environment.

The Lotus team, working with IBM's Rational group, is building 'in-context' collaboration onto the Eclipse integrated development environment (IDE), said John Patterson, an IBM Distinguished Engineer working out of the Lotus facility here in Cambridge, Mass.

The project, under way for two years, puts a 'Jazz Band' at the bottom of the Eclipse UI, showing photos of relevant team members, along with icons showing if they are on line at any given time. Hovering over the photo gives the viewer a list of the subject's projects. Clicking on the photo initiates a chat session.

Research Scientist Li-Te Cheng demonstrated live code Wednesday, illustrating how color-coded references show which team member has code checked out at any time. Changes that member makes to the code are color-coded for tracking purposes. A team manager can also 'look over the shoulder' of any programmer remotely to see what he or she is doing.

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