Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Xtext, Generic Editor and EMF Index at EclipseCon

Just finished our talks at EclipseCon.

First, Sven and me talked about the new TMF/Xtext. The room was so crowded that some listeners even had to sit on the floor. Presenting was really fun and given the feedback people are really excited for Xtext. So we are, even though Sven has a bad throat and almost lost his voice ;-)

Given the good resonance, we're trying to organize a BoF session on Xtext tomorrow. Stay tuned for exact time and location.

Sven had a 10 minutes talk on the Generic EMF Editor then, and showed the Editor, Xtend and Xpand. I think, it's a good idea to point people at the fancy features of the oAW languages, such as polymorphic dispatch and higher-order functions.

Finally, I gave a 10 minutes talk on EMF Index. I have the impression people were quite curious about that topic as we already mentioned that in our Xtext talk. I tried to prepare the slides in the presentation zen style, and I can just conclude that presenting is so much more fun than having a clutter of bullet pointed list. I hope, it's the same for the viewers. And I exactly hit the 10 mins :-)

EclipseCon is really great. You really meet lots of people in person you have only known from blogs or mailing lists. Having had my share, I can now relax and join the other talks on so many other interesting topics.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

EMF Index Creation Review

Tomorrow will be the creation review for the new EMFT subproject EMF Index. I am really looking forward to my first Eclipse project leadership and I hope everything will work out fine at the review.

EMF Index aims at indexing EMF models to allow scalable modeling tools with JDT-like comfort. So, if you have any objections against EMF Index, speak now (in the EMFT newsgroup) or remain silent forever ;-)

I am also glad to have the opportunity to present EMF Index at EclipseCon 2009 in Santa Clara. Looks like many of the interested parties will attend. I am going to give another talk together with Sven on Next generation textual DSLs with Xtext. It's also my first trip to the US, which makes me even more excited.