Saros: Distributed Editing in Eclipse Just Keeps Getting Better

Posted on October 4, 2010

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Saros, the best plug-in to give you distributed collaborative editing in Eclipse, continues to improve. In our latest release (10.10.01) the Saros Team has provided a lot of bugfixes and improvements.

New Saros menu in the project explorer

Visually the layout has changed a little. Using Saros is now so adaptable that we’ve had to group the growing number of menu items together into a sub-menu (above). The Roster also marks the icon of your friends who have Saros installed in their copy of Eclipse (below).

The Saros Roster -- each user with Saros has a little icon

Functionally the biggest improvement is in the version control system (VCS) integration. The previous Saros release introduced sharing your project with VCS support, allowing you and your colleagues to work in a common repository when distributed. In the latest release you can now update, switch, or revert your working copy and your peers will share these events too.

Sadly we decided to hold back a few of the new features we’ve been working on, to give them a little more polishing time. But in the next release you can look forward to:

  • Multiple XMPP account management
  • Colour management (change your profile colours)
  • An overhauled user interface, and much-improved look-and-feel, especially in the chat view.

Finally I must point out that a lot of the improvements you see in both this and the upcoming releases would not have been possible without the efforts of the students on my Softwareprojekt course here at Freie Universität. For six weeks, they toiled away at the tasks I hurled in their way, but they astounded me with their capabilities, surpassing all my expectations. They all have reason to be proud of what they achieved.

Version 10.10.01 is now available at http://sourceforge.net/projects/dpp, or visit http://www.saros-project.org for more information.

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