At the end of the day, all of us developers know that real work happens in the code. And IDEs like Eclipse have come a long way to help us with that: rich editing, code hyper-linking, on the fly compilation, etc. But invariably, our daily lives gets entangled in all sorts of other stuff around the development lifecycle – issue trackers, build systems, continuous integration systems, code review systems, wikis, IM, the list just goes on. All of this takes you out of your “integrated environment”. Suddenly, your integrated development environment is not so integrated anymore. Wouldn’t it be nice if all of these things were integrated into the code?
And that’s exactly what we are trying to do with the recent launch of the Atlassian Eclipse Connector 1.0-beta for the Eclipse IDE. There are plenty of meaty, exciting features already that really integrates your JIRA issues, Bamboo builds and Crucible reviews into Eclipse. It’s built on top of Eclipse’s Mylyn platform so the task-focused interface comes for free. Nevertheless, we are still in beta, and we want to make sure that it’s even better. Already, we are working to make FishEye code links from Eclipse, and support smooth creation of reviews from Crucible.
But we want to hear from you too. So, this is the chance, tell us! Does the Atlassian Eclipse Connector make you more productive? How can we make you (even more) productive in Eclipse? What things should the Eclipse Connector do to keep you in that comfortable armchair of an IDE?
Tell us, right here. We’re listening.

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