Perforce Software Releases a Pure Java SCM Plug-In for Eclipse Integration

18th August 2009
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Perforce Software announced the release of a pure Java version of its Perforce Plug-in for Eclipse. With this release, developers can employ Perforce version control tools that previously have not been available from within the Eclipse environment. Perforce, the Fast SCM system, versions and manages source code and digital assets for enterprises large and small.
Using this cleaner and more powerful integration, users never have to leave the convenience of the Eclipse environment to work with the SCM system. Along with the standard version control workflow, developers can access Perforce’s defect tracking and merge utilities, and for the first time, change history visualisation tools, directly from Eclipse. For example, the plug-in includes support for the Revision Graph tool, enabling developers to see a graphical view of the complete branch and merge history of any individual file. (see Figure 1).

“We understand that users don’t want to leave the Eclipse environment to execute their SCM workflow tasks,” said Alan Teague, development manager for integrations at Perforce Software. “This plug-in provides access to all of the source control features a developer would expect from an integrated development environment, along with those that distinguish Perforce as a leader in the field of SCM.”

Highlights of the Perforce Plug-in for Eclipse include:

* Ability to easily review integration history with Perforce’s Revision Graph.

* New re-factoring support allows class and interface files to be moved and renamed multiple times before submit.

* Users can create and update issues in Perforce’s built-in defect tracking system, Jobs. Jobs can be linked to the changelists (the sets of files) that implement the associated work.

* Create, browse, and manage labels and workspaces.

* Access to Perforce’s three-way merge tool, P4Merge.

· Customisable icon and text decorations for files and projects.

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