Friday, February 22, 2008

Converging Model Editors

Yesterday, Sven implemented an EMF Resource that serializes its content in Xtext format. We combined it with a graphical editor and the new EValidator adapter for oAW check. Generating everything, we finally got three synchronized editors all showing different representations of the same resource: Graphical, in Xtext and in an Ecore tree. Even complex changes in one editor were automatically transferred to all other editors on save and two of the editors even used the same checks for validation. 

That really rocked.

And it shows how great EMF and oAW really are. In the future, it should be easy to write DSLs with mixed representations, e.g. a graphical part for the element connections and a textual part for the details.

I am really looking forward to work on a closer integration of  oAW and EMF. There's so much potential. 

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Advanced GMF

Having collected about two years of experience with Eclipse's Graphical Modeling Framework, I am now trying to summarize what could be improved or added to the framework. These are my favorites
  1. Support for a singleton editing domain (keep all semantic and diagram resources in the same resource set)
  2. Support for non-canonical diagrams (multiple diagrams for the same semantic model)
  3. Enable the OpenDiagramEditPolicy (linked diagrams)
Most of these issues can be implemented without touching GMF runtime code, i.e. by means of aspectual template changes and extensions. But as these are really fundamental and reoccurring topics, I'd rather see them as base functionality inside the original framework. Maybe I can push the GMF project in that direction?

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Here it is...

Finally, web 2.0 has reached me. So here is my new blog.