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This overview introduces the EGL language as defined in EGL Core and as extended by Eclipse IDE for the EGL Developer. Reference details are in the EDT help system, which is made available when you install a download from the following site:  [http://www.eclipse.org/edt/download/ www.eclipse.org/edt/download/].
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<span style="font-size:smaller;">&lt;&nbsp;[[EDT| EDT wiki home]]</span>
  
= Introduction<br> =
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This overview introduces the EGL language as&nbsp;defined&nbsp;in EGL Core and as extended&nbsp;by Eclipse IDE for the EGL Web Developer.&nbsp;Reference details are in the EDT help system, which is made available when you install a download from the following site:&nbsp; [http://www.eclipse.org/edt/download/ www.eclipse.org/edt/download/].
  
 
In many ways, EGL is like other programming languages. It includes familiar constructs such as loops and transfers of control. It is built on a set of '''types''', each of which defines the operations that are available for each value of the type. Last, it involves a process for validating source code and for converting the source code into a less abstract form, closer to the runtime need.  
 
In many ways, EGL is like other programming languages. It includes familiar constructs such as loops and transfers of control. It is built on a set of '''types''', each of which defines the operations that are available for each value of the type. Last, it involves a process for validating source code and for converting the source code into a less abstract form, closer to the runtime need.  
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EGL is special in its reliance on '''stereotypes''', which are declarations used by the software that&nbsp;transforms the source code to another form such as Java or JavaScript.  
 
EGL is special in its reliance on '''stereotypes''', which are declarations used by the software that&nbsp;transforms the source code to another form such as Java or JavaScript.  
  
Stereotypes&nbsp;offer simplicity. First,&nbsp;they ensure&nbsp;that the&nbsp;output&nbsp;created for a&nbsp;source-code&nbsp;element such as&nbsp;"Handler" includes details for a particular use;&nbsp;for example, to be runnable on a&nbsp;full-page web browser.&nbsp;The developer who&nbsp;writes a customized Handler element and declares the appropriate&nbsp;stereotype does not need to know a lot about a browser to write&nbsp;the code. He can rely on&nbsp;the pre-tested&nbsp;logic that an EGL JavaScript generator creates automatically.&nbsp;  
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Stereotypes&nbsp;offer simplicity. First,&nbsp;they ensure&nbsp;that the&nbsp;output&nbsp;created for a&nbsp;source-code&nbsp;element such as&nbsp;"Handler" includes details for a particular use;&nbsp;for example, to be runnable on a&nbsp;full-page web browser.&nbsp;The developer who&nbsp;writes a custom Handler element and declares the appropriate&nbsp;stereotype does not need to know a lot about a browser to write&nbsp;the code. He can rely on&nbsp;the pre-tested logic that is created by an EGL JavaScript generator.&nbsp;The pre-tested&nbsp;logic&nbsp;supplements the custom logic.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;  
  
Second, stereotypes provide a way to extend the language.&nbsp;The creation of a&nbsp;new kind of stereotype&nbsp;enables an existing source-code element&nbsp;to have an&nbsp;alternative use. For example, a&nbsp;future stereotype might allow a developer to write a custom Handler element and then to&nbsp;create output for a mobile device that&nbsp;runs under&nbsp;the Android operating system. This alternative&nbsp;option requires that the extender&nbsp;create Java classes that supplement existing logic.&nbsp;  
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Second, stereotypes provide a way to extend the language.&nbsp;The creation of a&nbsp;new kind of stereotype&nbsp;enables an existing source-code element&nbsp;to have an&nbsp;alternative use. For example, a&nbsp;future stereotype might allow a developer to write a custom Handler element and then to&nbsp;create output for a mobile device that&nbsp;runs under&nbsp;the Android operating system. This alternative&nbsp;option requires that the extender&nbsp;create Java classes that&nbsp;add to the&nbsp;existing generator logic.&nbsp;  
  
The mechanism for using stereotypes is a characteristic of EGL Core, which includes the&nbsp;basic rules of EGL syntax.&nbsp;Specific stereotypes are a&nbsp;characteristic of an EGL extension, the first of which is Eclipse IDE for the EGL&nbsp;Developer.<br>
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The mechanism for using stereotypes is provided by&nbsp;EGL Core, which includes the&nbsp;basic rules of EGL syntax.&nbsp;Most stereotypes are provided by an EGL extension, and the first extension is Eclipse IDE for the EGL&nbsp;Developer.<br>  
  
= EGL types and values  =
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We describe stereotypes in the&nbsp;first of&nbsp;the following pages and&nbsp;proceed to&nbsp;other aspects of the language:&nbsp;<br>
  
The next sections move from general comments to a review of EGL native types, custom types, classifiers, annotations, and stereotypes.
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*[[EDT:Language Overview02|EGL types and values]]
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*[[EDT:Language Overview03|Packages and type-name resolution]]
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*[[EDT:Language Overview04|Syntax and scope]]
  
== General comments on types and values  ==
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In general usage, a '''type''' such as integer or string defines a set of values and a set of operations that can be applied to those values. For example, integers are whole numbers that can be added, subtracted, and so forth; and the number 5 is a value of that type.
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The meaning is much the same in EGL, where every value is “of a type.” The type defines the structure of the value and the set of operations that can be applied to the value.
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Types can be categorized in different ways, and we initially distinguish between&nbsp;reference&nbsp;and value types:&nbsp;&nbsp;
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*A '''reference type''' defines an '''object''', which is a value in a memory area that was separately allocated to hold&nbsp;the value. The object is referenced from some logic and is an instance of the type. In this case, the words "value," "object," and "instance" are interchangeable.
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*A '''value type '''defines a value that is embedded in an object.
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A&nbsp;'''field declaration''' is a coded statement that declares a value in a memory area. If the value is based on a reference type, the memory area either represents a null or holds&nbsp;an address&nbsp;that&nbsp;points&nbsp;to the value. If the value is based on a value type, the memory area contains the value itself.
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A field&nbsp;declaration typically includes an identifier that names the memory area.&nbsp;If the code that embeds the field declaration&nbsp;is allowed to&nbsp;update the area, the identifier is a '''variable'''.&nbsp;If&nbsp;the update is disallowed, the identifier is a '''constant'''. Later in this&nbsp;overview&nbsp;is a&nbsp;field declaration that does not name a&nbsp;memory area at all. Such a field declaration is said to be&nbsp;'''anonymous'''.
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Consider the following&nbsp;field declarations:
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<pre>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;// variable declaration
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&nbsp;&nbsp; NumberOfCars INT;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
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&nbsp;&nbsp; const MINIMUMNUMBER INT = 2; </pre>
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The type is each case is INT, which is a value type for four-byte integers. The first statement declares a '''value variable''', the second declares a '''value constant'''.
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For a second example, you might declare a list of five integers by coding a statement like one of these:<br>
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The type in this case is INT List or INT[], which is a reference type. The first statement declares a '''reference variable''', which means that you can assign a different list to <code>NumberOfVehicles</code> later. Incidentally, you can also change the values inside the list and can change the number of elements.
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The second statement declares a '''reference constant''', which means that you cannot assign a different list to <code>MINIMUMNUMBERS</code>. However, even in this case, you can alter the values inside the list and can change the number of elements.
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The behavior is consistent because each declaration in the second example identifies a memory area that contains an address of a second memory area. The constant is only constant in the sense that the area identified as <code>MINIMUMNUMBERS</code> must always contain the same address, which refers to the same list. The following, subsequent assignment is not valid even though the values are the same:<br>
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== EGL native types  ==
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EGL Core defines a set of '''native types''', which are implemented only by extensions such as&nbsp;Eclipse IDE for EGL Developers.&nbsp;The most elemental are the '''simple&nbsp;types'''. They have no sub-fields and can be categorized as follows:
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*Boolean, which is the basis of a field that contains the logical true or false.
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*Timestamp types
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*ANY, which is the basis of an instance that can reference a value of any type.
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*Dictionary type, which is the basis of a dictionary. A dictionary is composed of key-value<br>pairs that can be increased or decreased in number and otherwise updated at run time.
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*List types, each of which is the basis of a list. A list is a dynamic array: an ordered sequence of elements that can be increased or decreased in number and otherwise updated at run time.
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== Custom types and EGL classifiers  ==
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EGL provides a variety of '''classifiers''', each of which is a kind of type. The capabilities of a classifier are made available to your code in various situations; most often, when you define a custom type that is based on&nbsp;a classifier.
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=== Characteristics of custom types  ===
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*A header, which is always required. The header includes the classifier name; the name of the custom type; and, in&nbsp;some cases, a stereotype.
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**'''Functions''', each of which is a logical unit that is equivalent to a function or method in another language. EGL functions do not embed other functions.
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The members in a&nbsp;custom type&nbsp;are typically accessible in the same type. However, if you declare a member to be '''private''', the member is protected from external access; it can be accessed only within the same type. If you do not declare a member to be private, it is said to be '''public'''.
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=== Kinds of classifiers  ===
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The next table lists the classifier provided in EGL Core.&nbsp;
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{| border="2" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="80%"
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| &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;'''&nbsp;&nbsp; Name&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;'''
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| Interface
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To extend a capability, an extender makes an additional stereotype available for use with an existing classifier. The list&nbsp;of classifiers&nbsp;is a fixed aspect of the language.
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== Annotations  ==
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When you write EGL source code, you set '''annotations'''.&nbsp;They are values used by some aspect of EGL technology; in most cases, by the&nbsp;EGL compiler.&nbsp;
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Annotations help ensure that your EGL-created output reflects your intent. You can set them when you define custom types; when you declare variables and constants; when you code a subset of EGL statements; and, in some cases, when you declare functions.
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For example, when you declare a field in a user-interface form, you might set a YES value in the '''InputRequired''' annotation. That setting causes the EGL generator to store a detail in the generated output, and the detail ensures that the user can submit the form only if the specified field has content.
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=== Annotation types<br> ===
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An annotation represents an area of memory and is based on an EGL type. To understand these points, consider the following declaration:<br>
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*It declares the <code>myCarCount</code> variable. The appropriate declaration statement is generated into the output code, and the related instance is available at run time. The type of the variable is <code>NumberOfCars</code>, which is an alias of type INT. Here is the alias, or data item:
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*The example also identifies an instance that is available at transformation time. The type of that instance is '''InputRequired'''.<br><br>Here is the EGL Record type:
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=== Annotation syntax  ===
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The '''InputRequired''' declaration in the earlier source code did not set the value field explicitly. The <code>InputRequired = Yes</code> assignment is a shorthand form of the following code:
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The at sign (@) indicates that you are declaring an annotation, and the characters&nbsp;"InputRequired" indicate that the annotation is based on the InputRequired Record type. The next characters then assign content to the fields in the annotation. The braces ({ and }) represents a set values block, as described in "EGL Syntax."
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A shorthand form such as <code>InputRequired = Yes</code> is available whenever the Record&nbsp;type for the annotation has a single field, regardless of the name of that field. If an annotation has multiple fields, only the long form of the declaration is valid, as in the following example:
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<pre>@AnotherAnnotation { field01 = "test", field02 = 5 }</pre>
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An annotation can be based on a Record&nbsp;type that has no fields. In that case, the mere presence of the annotation is meaningful to the EGL system code, and only the at sign (@) is required. Here is an example declaration:<br>
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<pre>@ThirdAnnotation&nbsp;</pre>
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If a data item or part includes several annotations and a few are overridden in a variable declaration, the annotations that were not overridden are still in effect. In the previous example, the <code>myCarCount</code> variable is associated with both the '''InputRequired''' and '''DisplayName''' annotations.
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The ability to set multiple annotations is particularly important for data items. For example, a data item might be defined with annotations that are meaningful for user interface and for accessing a relational database. The benefit of being able to specify multiple annotations is that you can retain data items in a library and use those data items for many purposes. When you use a data item to declare a variable for one purpose such as database&nbsp;access, the annotations relevant to other purposes such as user interface have no effect.
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Most annotations have a relatively small effect. For example, the '''InputRequired''' annotation specifies whether a field in a user-interface form is generated in one way or another. But a stereotype is an annotation that affects a series of decisions; the effect is greater.<br>
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A stereotype is an annotation that you set to communicate a major decision to the EGL compiler. In response to the annotation, the compiler responds in accordance with a pattern that differs from one stereotype to another.
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For example, you might want to display a web page that&nbsp;responds as follows to a button click: by changing&nbsp;the button text from "Toggle on" to "Toggle off" or from "Toggle off" to "Toggle on".&nbsp;&nbsp;The logic is in the following handler, which includes a declaration for the '''RUIHandler''' stereotype:
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You might want to provide the same capability on a mobile device that runs on the Android operating system. In this case, an extender might&nbsp;provide a pair of constructs...&nbsp;&nbsp;??
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[ Explain ]<br><br>To see that a stereotype is a kind of annotation, compare the following, equivalent&nbsp;outlines for the '''MyHandler''' handler:
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*'''targets''' indicates the custom types for which the stereotype applies.&nbsp;The term "part" is sometimes used in place of the term "custom type," and the '''ElementKind.handlerPart '''value indicates that&nbsp;a&nbsp;Handler type can be annotated with&nbsp;a&nbsp;value of type '''RUIHandler'''.&nbsp;The absence of any other '''ElementKind''' value indicates that no other kind of custom type can be annotated in the same way.
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*'''@Stereotype''' indicates that the Record type is defining a stereotype.&nbsp;Fields in the '''View''' supertype are available to the Handler type being stereotyped.&nbsp;In particular, the&nbsp;custom Handler&nbsp;type has access to the&nbsp;'''initialUI'''&nbsp;field, which&nbsp;lists the widgets&nbsp;for initial&nbsp;display on the web page.
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*'''Operators''', which are symbols that affect a value.&nbsp;The value, or operand,&nbsp;is on the left or right of an operator. For example, the &lt; operator is part of a condition that tests whether the operand on the left has a lesser value than the operand on the right.
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*Handler classifier &lt;br&gt;&lt;br&gt;The Handler classifier is the basis of a custom type that includes all the possible kinds of members. In the absence of a stereotype, the custom type defines an object, for any kind of use.&nbsp; In the presence of a stereotype, the custom type handles a series of interactions with the user or with other EGL logic, as necessary to support one or another user interface technology.&nbsp;&lt;br&gt;&lt;br&gt;The next table lists the stereotypes that are available for a Handler part.&lt;br&gt;&nbsp;&lt;br&gt;
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Latest revision as of 09:41, 10 July 2012

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This overview introduces the EGL language as defined in EGL Core and as extended by Eclipse IDE for the EGL Web Developer. Reference details are in the EDT help system, which is made available when you install a download from the following site:  www.eclipse.org/edt/download/.

In many ways, EGL is like other programming languages. It includes familiar constructs such as loops and transfers of control. It is built on a set of types, each of which defines the operations that are available for each value of the type. Last, it involves a process for validating source code and for converting the source code into a less abstract form, closer to the runtime need.

EGL is special in its reliance on stereotypes, which are declarations used by the software that transforms the source code to another form such as Java or JavaScript.

Stereotypes offer simplicity. First, they ensure that the output created for a source-code element such as "Handler" includes details for a particular use; for example, to be runnable on a full-page web browser. The developer who writes a custom Handler element and declares the appropriate stereotype does not need to know a lot about a browser to write the code. He can rely on the pre-tested logic that is created by an EGL JavaScript generator. The pre-tested logic supplements the custom logic.   

Second, stereotypes provide a way to extend the language. The creation of a new kind of stereotype enables an existing source-code element to have an alternative use. For example, a future stereotype might allow a developer to write a custom Handler element and then to create output for a mobile device that runs under the Android operating system. This alternative option requires that the extender create Java classes that add to the existing generator logic. 

The mechanism for using stereotypes is provided by EGL Core, which includes the basic rules of EGL syntax. Most stereotypes are provided by an EGL extension, and the first extension is Eclipse IDE for the EGL Developer.

We describe stereotypes in the first of the following pages and proceed to other aspects of the language: