Intent is a newly proposed open source project under Mylyn. Intent 0.7 is available as part of the Eclipse Juno Release Train, and Intent 0.8 will be released with Eclipse Kepler.
The Mylyn Intent prime objective is to make developers consider documentation as something useful and easy to maintain, that they can use to formalize their best practices and share their knowledge. Based on a new vision of the documentation, in which explanations in natural langage are formally linked with technical artefacts (java code, models, manifest files, bugzilla issues, git repositories, etc.), Intent allows you to efficiently update documentation when a change occurs in your software, turning it into a true Agile documentation.
On top of that synchronization mechanism, Intent provides advanced tooling to write/query your documentation with everything you would expect from a modern IDE (completion, quick-fixes, quick-outlines allowing semantic searches...). Intent also allows live collaboration around documentation tasks.
The documentation, integrated with other Eclipse tools, then becomes truly useful and is no longer a burden that developers have to carry to please their customers or project manager.
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Based on Donald Knuth's Literate Programming concepts and allowing collaborative work around design tasks, Intent was presented at Agile ALM connect 2013 and EclipseCon Europe 2012.
"Let us change our traditional attitude to the construction of programs: Instead of imagining that our main task is to instruct a computer what to do, let us concentrate rather on explaining to human beings what we want a computer to do."
Donald Knuth, Literate Programming (1984)