Eclipse Modeling Day/Session Abstracts Toronto
B3: A Model for Unbreakable Builds
B3 is a newly created project that is using modeling technology to simplify software build and assembly within Eclipse. Among the project's objectives are making build processes reproducible and adaptable and bridging discontinuities between software building and provisioning, as well as aligning potentially overlapping Eclipse technologies in the build and provisioning domains.
This project will examine the ambition and scope of the b3 project from the perspective of an an enterprise early adopter with a model-driven approach to software assembly. The internal architect of a leading global financial institution will discuss what his company has done to simplify the assembly and release of Eclipse tooling to developers across the company, as well as their interest in the evolution of their solution through b3. Initial committer(s) to b3 will provide a more detailed look at the project's goals and objectives of b3, with an emphasis on its use of modeling to simplify how build/assembly processes are defined, executed, shared and changed.
Building DSLs with Xtext
Heiko Behrens, itemis
Domain-Specific Languages (DSLs) are becoming more and more popular, allowing developers to express their intent more precisely and with less syntactic noise. DSLs can be built on top of a host language (like Java or Ruby), which are referred to as "internal DSLs". External DSLs are far more flexible in terms of language design: You can define any desired grammar, you can define domain specific constraints and error messages. You can process documents written in the DSL by either interpreting them or by transforming them into the code of any language using a generator.
Xtext, which is a part of the Eclipse Galileo release, is a framework for developing textual domain-specific languages. Given an EBNF-style grammar, Xtext automatically generates an Ecore meta model and a rich-featured, fully configurable, text-based DSL editor, including features such as syntax highlighting, hyperlinked reference navigation, reference look-up, code completion, formatting, an outline and so on. The default implementation can easily be customized.
In this session, we will explain what DSLs are and why you should care about using them. After a short introduction, we will show in a live demo how to develop DSLs with Xtext. You will see how to define a grammar for a DSL and create a full-blown editor for this DSL. We will also show how to apply code generation that allows you to transform your DSL scripts into running software.
Modeling on an Enterprise Scale
Eike Stepper, Consultant
Persisting models in files is not always straightforward. Often you’ll need multi-user support or transactionality with fined-grained object-level locking, i.e., database-style persistence. I’ll introduce the CDO Model Repository, which comprises three tiers and is a general runtime platform for distributed shared models.
We'll not dive into too many implementation details of CDO. I'll rather provide you with a functional overview and explain the benefits in the context of some typical enterprise scenarios. After attending this talk you'll never want to live without the CDO Model Repository in your modeling projects.
A Whirlwind Tour of Eclipse as a Language Workbench
Bruce Trask, MDE Systems & Angel Roman, MDE Systems
The Eclipse Modeling Project contains many powerful frameworks for creating Domain Specific Languages that present abstractions and underlying refinements that can be targeted directly at the complexities and idiosyncrasies of your particular domain. At first (and even second) glance, the sheer size and amount of these frameworks and facilities can be intimidating. This talk will give a whirlwind tour of the anatomy and behavior of these frameworks and how they work synergistically together. Once grasped, these frameworks allow one to make powerful domain specific tools very quickly. What used to take years can now be accomplished in weeks and months. This talk will include a number of case studies from many varying domains such as consumer electronic devices, network management, software defined radios, cell phone application development, middleware and component based development, and eclipse development itself.
Papyrus: Advent of an Open Source IME at Eclipse
Kenn Hussey, Zeligsoft
The role and significance of open source in system design is constantly increasing. Organizations are now widely using open source solutions for many key aspects of development, including real time operating systems, compilers, debuggers and middleware. The key benefits provided by open source include greater control over product roadmaps, lower costs, more features, better support and avoidance of vendor lock-in. Modeling technologies are becoming increasingly relevant to consumers of open source; indeed, with the incubation of e4, modeling has found a home at the very heart of the Eclipse platform itself. With the commoditization of modeling tools at Eclipse, there is a growing interest in the development of an open source tool suite that supports model-based software engineering (MBSE).
In this session, we present Papyrus, an open source, Eclipse-based, integrated modeling environment (IME). The goal of Papyrus, a sub-project of the Model Development Tools (MDT) project, is threefold: first, to provide a complete, efficient, robust, methodologically agnostic modeling tool to both industry and academia; second, to provide an open and flexible facility for defining and utilizing domain-specific languages that allow for customizable validation and code generation; and third, to enable the integration of key MBSE elements such as action languages and model-level debuggers. Initially focused on UML and related standards (such as SysML and MARTE), Papyrus includes a backbone that allows integration of multiple editors and promises all the features that one would expect in an IME, such as a model exploration view, standards-compliant editors, customizable property views and support for collaborative work, advanced profile management, and customization though preferences and extension points. We will explore Papyrus from the perspective of its three communities (developers, vendors, and users) while providing an overview of what functionality currently exists, what we expect to achieve in the first major release (Helios) and where we see the project going in the future.
Introduction to Query, Transaction and Validation
Bernd Kolb, SAP AG & Boris Gruschko, SAP AG
EMF offers a rich toolset on top of the EMF core to build modeling tools on an enterprise scale. This implies a large amount of model elements distributed over various files. In such an environment it is essential to have capabilities to locate, modify and validate your model content in a consistent manner. This talk will present you with an overview on:
- Query - a component to efficiently locate your model elements and merge persistent and in-memory state
- Transactions - a framework to provide a consistent view over model content, shared among different tools and threads
- Validation - helps you to implement business and technical constraints for your models
These components will help you to address the above mentioned issues and provide you with frameworks to use EMF in your own tools.
Converging Textual and Graphical Editors
Moritz Eysholdt, itemis
When speaking about modeling, a conflict often comes up whether graphical notations or textual notations are superior. However, both sides have their advantages. For a textual notation existing tool support can be used for comparing, merging and versioning. Furthermore, the well-known comfort of editing a text via the keyboard is present. There are established syntaxes to work with expression statements. Graphical notations, however, have their advantages when the layout of a diagram can help the viewer to understand the underlying semantics. This is the case when, for example, flow or hierarchy is important.
Why not combine the advantages of both worlds? This will be done within this presentation. On the foundation of EMF, Xtext as a textual model framework will be combined with GMF as a graphical modeling framework. Thereby, a model will have a textual notation as well as a graphical notation and both will be editable. The following questions will be discussed:
- What are the strengths and weaknesses of textual notations and what are the advantages of graphical notations?
- How do you design a graphical notation for parts of the model?
- Under which circumstances should the graphical and textual notation share a common abstract syntax? What are the advantages and where are the limits?
- How do you synchronize an Xtext editor's and a GMF diagram editor's contents?
- What are the places where concepts of Xtext and GMF can support each other? Example: validation.
There will be a demo to show the feasibility of the suggested concepts and to provide a first impression of the editor's look and feel.
The approach has been implemented in an industrial project by the presenter. Therefore, the contents are based on first-hand experience.