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[[GEF/GEF4 | GEF4]] is the unified effort to develop a new GEF 4.0 code base as a modernization of the current one (Draw2d, GEF (MVC) 3.x, and Zest 1.x, in the following referred to as ''GEF proper''). Being developed in parallel to maintaining the GEF proper code base, [[GEF/GEF4 | GEF4]] is set up as a provisional component in order to not being bound to the same API compatibility constraints.  
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[[GEF/GEF4 | GEF4]] is the unified effort of the [http://www.eclipse.org/gef Graphical Editing Framework (GEF)] project team to develop a new code base as a replacement for the [https://www.eclipse.org/gef/draw2d/ Draw2d 3.x], [https://www.eclipse.org/gef/gef_mvc/index.php GEF (MVC) 3.x], and [https://www.eclipse.org/gef/zest/index.php Zest 1.x] components, which are only maintained, but not actively developed further. Being developed in parallel, [[GEF/GEF4 | GEF4]] is set up in terms of smaller, more lightweight [[#Developer Documentation| components]], uses JavaFX instead of SWT as rendering technology, and allows to build up graphical applications for Eclipse (using a JavaFX-SWT-integration) as well as standalone.  
  
 
== Current Status ==
 
== Current Status ==
Development has been started by creating a new double-precsision Geometry-API (see Bugzilla [https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/show_bug.cgi?id=355997 355997] for details) based on the Draw2d geometry classes as a nucleus. As this is nearing completion, creation of a new Graphics-API (see Bugzilla [https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/show_bug.cgi?id=386029 386029] for details), which abstracts from a concrete windowing toolkit and can be used in SWT and AWT context (we assume that JavaFX might become interesting as an Eclipse RCP rendering possibility on the near term), is the next logical step we have started with. After this, the remaining parts of the Draw2d and Zest2 code base can be migrated, after it GEF (MFC).
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A first snapshot release (0.1.0) and a bugfix release (0.2.0), including incompatible changes, have been published as part of the [http://projects.eclipse.org/projects/tools.gef/releases/3.10.0-mars GEF 3.10.0 (Mars)] and [https://projects.eclipse.org/projects/tools.gef/releases/3.10.1-mars.1 GEF 3.10.1 (Mars.1)] releases. Information about important changes from 0.1.0 to 0.2.0 can be found in [[GEF/New_and_Noteworthy/3.10.1 | New and Noteworthy in 3.10.1]]. An overview of all significant features added earlier during the Mars release train can in addition be found in [[GEF/New_and_Noteworthy/3.10| New and Noteworthy in 3.10]]. Information on earlier achievements and plans can be inferred from the talks listed under [[#Further Reading|Further Reading]].
  
== Components ==
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Currently, we are working on the [https://projects.eclipse.org/projects/tools.gef/releases/4.0.0-neon 4.0.0 (Neon)] release, which will contain a 1.0.0 release of the [[GEF/GEF4|GEF4]] [[#Developer Documentation|components]]. It will not be compatible to the Mars.1 (0.2.0) release and indeed includes major refactorings. Please refer to [[GEF/New_and_Noteworthy/4.0| New and Noteworthy in 4.0]] to keep updated about the most important changes.
  
* [[GEF/GEF4/Geometry | GEF4 Geometry]]
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== Developer Resources ==
* [[GEF/GEF4/Graphics | GEF4 Graphics]]
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* [[GEF/GEF4/Zest | GEF4 Zest]]
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== Bugs/Enhancements ==
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As an [https://www.eclipse.org/projects/dev_process/#2_3_Three_Communities adopter], please consult the [[GEF/Adopter Guide |GEF Adopter Guide]] that describes in a step-by-step manner how to setup your environment in order to develop your client code against GEF4. As a [https://www.eclipse.org/projects/dev_process/#2_3_Three_Communities contributor/committer], please consult the [[GEF/Contributor Guide |GEF Contributor Guide]] that describes how to checkout and compile the sources, execute a headless Tycho-build, provide a patch, and more.
Bugzilla components (for those listed above) are created one by one as parts of the remaining code base are migrated. In addition, all bugs related to [[GEF/GEF4 | GEF4]] are prefixed <code>[GEF4]</code>. [https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/buglist.cgi?query_format=advanced&list_id=674650&short_desc=%5BGEF4%5D&short_desc_type=casesubstring&classification=Tools&product=GEF Here] is a list of all bugs currently related to [[GEF/GEF4 | GEF4]].
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== Source Code ==
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In either case, all relevant information about where to obtain our source code, where to find our Hudson build jobs, update sites (CI, milestones, releases), mailing lists, or our forum, etc. can all be found in the respective sections of the [https://projects.eclipse.org/projects/tools.gef GEF project dashboard].
The complete source code of [[GEF/GEF4 | GEF4]] is located in the [http://git.eclipse.org/c/gef/org.eclipse.gef4.git/ GEF4 Git repository]. For further information on how to obtain it and how set-up in order to contribute, please refer to the [[GEF/Contributor Guide | GEF Project Contributor Guide]].
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== Update Sites ==
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The developer documentation for each GEF4 component is referenced from within the [[#Developer Documentation | developer documentation]] section on this page. Each component documentation includes references to examples, where applicable.
A Tycho-based build infrastructure for the GEF4 provisional component has been configured under [https://hudson.eclipse.org/hudson/job/gef4-master https://hudson.eclipse.org/hudson/job/gef4-master]. The build job is triggered hourly in case of changes to the source code repository and further once per day. It produces an update-site, which does not get promoted to downloads.eclipse.org, but can directly be consumed from:
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* [https://hudson.eclipse.org/hudson/job/gef4-master/lastSuccessfulBuild/artifact/update-site https://hudson.eclipse.org/hudson/job/gef4-master/lastSuccessfulBuild/artifact/update-site]
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== Developer Documentation ==
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[[GEF/GEF4|GEF4]] is internally constituted of the following nine components (with their respective sub-modules). The reference documentation for each component may be accessed via the component links. You may also consult the [[GEF/GEF4#Further Reading |Further Reading]]-section for additional information.
  
In addition to this, integration, milestones, and release builds are promoted to downloads.eclipse.org and can be found here:
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[[Image:GEF4-Components.png|800px]]
  
* [http://download.eclipse.org/tools/gef/gef4/updates/integration http://download.eclipse.org/tools/gef/gef4/updates/integration]
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''The naming of the components' sub-modules indicate their UI-toolkit and Eclipse UI dependencies. That is, module names containing '.SWT', '.JFace', or '.FX' indicate a respective dependency to SWT, JFace, or JavaFX. Module names containing '.UI' indicate a dependency to the Eclipse UI. Please not that '.FX' is only used to indicate dependencies on the JavaFX UI toolkit and that JavaFX [http://docs.oracle.com/javase/8/javafx/collections-tutorial/collections.htm#JFXCL107 collections] and [http://www.oracle.com/pls/topic/lookup?ctx=javase80&id=JFXBD107 properties] are used throughout (except by [[GEF/GEF4/Geometry | GEF4 Geometry]] and [[GEF/GEF4/Cloudio|GEF4 Cloudio]]).''
* [http://download.eclipse.org/tools/gef/gef4/updates/milestones http://download.eclipse.org/tools/gef/gef4/updates/milestones]
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* [http://download.eclipse.org/tools/gef/gef4/updates/releases http://download.eclipse.org/tools/gef/gef4/updates/releases]
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Note that while integration builds are promoted automatically once per week (every friday), milestone and release builds are published only manually on the respective occasions (not yet). Further note that these update sites are merged (so old builds are preserved), while the nightly update site gets replaced on each build.
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* [[GEF/GEF4/Common | <span style="color:#5B8E92">GEF4 Common (Common)</span>]] - Provides basic abstractions and infrastructure used by (potentially) all other [[GEF/GEF4|GEF4]] components, including an enhanced [http://nyssen.blogspot.de/2014/11/iadaptable-gef4s-interpretation-of.html adaptable pattern] and notification support.
  
== Additional Information ==
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* [[GEF/GEF4/Geometry | <span style="color:#268558">GEF4 Geometry (Geometry / Geometry.Convert.SWT / Geometry.Convert.FX)</span>]] - Provides different abstractions (Euclidean, Projective, Planar) for 2D geometric calculations, and conversions of planar geometries (curves, shapes, poly shapes) to/from respective SWT, AWT, and JavaFX equivalents (as well as conversions between SWT and AWT geometries).
* [http://www.eclipsecon.org/2012/sites/eclipsecon.org.2012/files/GEF_Past_Present_Future_0.pdf Alexander Nyßen (2012): GEF - Past, Present, and Future, EclipseCon NA, Reston (VA), 2012]
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: [[File:Idea.png|12px]] Usage of API is demonstrated by undeployed [[GEF/GEF4/Geometry/Examples#Examples (undeployed)|<span style="color:#268558">Geometry Examples</span>]].
* [http://www.eclipsecon.org/europe2012/sites/eclipsecon.org.europe2012/files/GEF4_Share_And_Enjoy_0.pdf Alexander Nyßen (2012): GEF4 - Share And Enjoy..., EclipseCon Europe, Ludwigsburg, 2012]
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* [[GEF/GEF4/FX | <span style="color:#4C6084">GEF4 FX (FX / FX.SWT / FX.JFace)</span>]] - Provides support for rendering [[GEF/GEF4/Geometry | GEF4 Geometry]]-based shapes, as well as abstractions that are needed in the context of graphical editors and views, i.e. visual anchor implementations and a connection abstraction. Also enhances the JavaFX-SWT-Integration with forwarding of touch gestures and provides proper support for embedding SWT Controls via a generic adapter into a JavaFX scene graph (within the context of the JavaFX SWT integration).
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: [[File:Idea.png|12px]] Usage of API is demonstrated by undeployed [[GEF/GEF4/FX/Examples#Examples (undeployed)|<span style="color:#4C6084">FX Examples</span>]] and [[GEF/GEF4/FX/Examples#Examples.SWT (undeployed)|<span style="color:#4C6084">FX SWT Examples</span>]].
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* [[GEF/GEF4/Graph | <span style="color:#960607">GEF4 Graph (Graph)</span>]] - Provides a simply, UI-independent data-model (Graph, Node, Edge) for representing directed graphs. Is used as data model by [[GEF/GEF4/DOT | GEF4 DOT]] and underlying visualization-model for [[GEF/GEF4/Zest | GEF4 Zest]].
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* [[GEF/GEF4/Layout | <span style="color:#7C866A">GEF4 Layout (Layout)</span>]] - Provides layout algorithm implementations as well as a model facade to adapt layout model data for these algorithms.
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: [[File:Idea.png|12px]] Usage of API is demonstrated by undeployed [[GEF/GEF4/Layout/Examples|<span style="color:#7C866A">Layout Examples</span>]].
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* [[GEF/GEF4/MVC | <span style="color:#05124E">GEF4 MVC (MVC / MVC.UI / MVC.FX / MVC.FX.UI)</span>]] - Provides the core model-view-controller framework to build up graphical editors and views. Provides an UI toolkit independent and a JavaFX specific layer, as well as Eclipse-UI integration for both. Can be used to build standalone and Eclipse-integrated editors and views.
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: [[File:Idea.png|12px]] Usage of API is demonstrated by a bundled [[GEF/GEF4/MVC/Examples#Logo Example (Standalone, Eclipse UI, Web)|<span style="color:#05124E">MVC Logo Example</span>]], which is available as a standalone application, an Eclipse Workbench UI integrated view, as well as a JNLP-based web application.
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* [[GEF/GEF4/Zest | <span style="color:#206FAD">GEF4 Zest (Zest.FX / Zest.FX.JFace / Zest.FX.UI)</span>]] - Provides support for visualization of [[GEF/GEF4/Graph | GEF4 Graph]]-based models, integrating automated layout based on [[GEF/GEF4/Layout | GEF4 Layout]]. Internally built on [[GEF/GEF4/FX|GEF4 FX]] and [[GEF/GEF4/MVC|GEF4 MVC]].
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: [[File:Idea.png|12px]] Usage of API is demonstrated by a bundled [[GEF/GEF4/Zest/Examples#Graph Example (Standalone, Eclipse UI)|<span style="color:#206FAD">Zest Graph Example</span>]], which is available as a standalone application and an Eclipse Workbench UI integrated view, as well as undeployed [[GEF/GEF4/Zest/Examples#Examples (undeployed)|<span style="color:#206FAD">Zest Examples</span>]] and [[GEF/GEF4/Zest/Examples#Examples.JFace (undeployed)|<span style="color:#206FAD">Zest JFace Examples</span>]].
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* [[GEF/GEF4/DOT | <span style="color:#561D8E">GEF4 DOT (DOT / DOT.UI)</span>]] - Provides a basic [http://www.graphviz.org GraphViz] [http://www.graphviz.org/content/dot-language DOT]-Editor (Xtext) as well as a [[GEF/GEF4/Zest | GEF4 Zest]]-based [http://www.graphviz.org/content/dot-language DOT]-visualization.  
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: [[File:Idea.png|12px]] Usage of API is demonstrated by undeployed [[GEF/GEF4/DOT/Examples#Examples (undeployed)|<span style="color:#561D8E">DOT Examples</span>]].
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* [[GEF/GEF4/Cloudio | <span style="color:#8A3572">GEF4 Cloudio (Coudio.UI)</span>]] - Provides support for visualizing tag clouds. Is based on SWT/JFace, integrated in the Eclipse UI, and will (at least for now) not be ported to JavaFX.
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: [[File:Idea.png|12px]] Usage of API is demonstrated by undeployed [[GEF/GEF4/Cloudio/Examples#Examples.UI (undeployed)|<span style="color:#8A3572">Cloudio UI Examples</span>]].
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== User Documentation ==
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The user documentation for the end-user tools provided by [[GEF/GEF4/DOT| GEF4 DOT]] and [[GEF/GEF4/Cloudio|GEF4 Cloudio]] in terms of a [[GEF/GEF4/DOT/User Guide|GEF4 DOT User Guide]] and [[GEF/GEF4/Cloudio/User Guide|GEF4 Cloudio User Guide]]. Both are quite 'sparse' at the moment.
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== Further Reading ==
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Further information about the history and current plans, as well as on technical details can be inferred from the following presentations/articles/posts:
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* [http://nyssen.blogspot.de/2016/04/gef4-common-collections-and-properties.html Alexander Nyßen (2016): GEF4 Common Collections and Properties - Guava goes FX, ANy's Argument (Blog)]
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* [http://de.slideshare.net/AlexanderNyssen/gef4-sightseeing-mars Alexander Nyßen (2015): GEF4 - Sightseeing Mars, EclipseCon Europe, Ludwigsburg, 2015]
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*[http://nyssen.blogspot.de/2015/06/gef4-mission-to-mars-accomplished.html Alexander Nyßen (2015): GEF4 - Mission to Mars Accomplished!, ANy's Argument (Blog)] 
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*[http://nyssen.blogspot.de/2014/11/iadaptable-gef4s-interpretation-of.html Alexander Nyßen (2014): IAdaptable - GEF4's Interpretation of a Classic, ANy's Argument (Blog)]
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* [http://de.slideshare.net/AlexanderNyssen/gef4-our-mission-to-mars Alexander Nyßen (2014): GEF4 - Our mission to Mars, EclipseCon Europe, Ludwigsburg, 2014]
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* [http://www.slideshare.net/AlexanderNyssen/gef4-there-there-sreallysomethinggoingon Alexander Nyßen (2014): GEF4 - There's really something going on!, EclipseCon NA, San Francisco (CA), 2014]
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* [[media:GEF4.pdf | Alexander Nyßen (2013): GEF4, RheinJug, Düsseldorf, 2013 ]], [https://lecture2go.uni-hamburg.de/veranstaltungen/-/v/15671 Video (German)]
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* [[media:GEF4_SwtFX.pdf | Alexander Nyßen (2013): GEF4 SwtFX (Lightning Talk), EclipseCon Europe, Ludwigsburg, 2013 ]]
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* [http://www.slideshare.net/AlexanderNyssen/gef4-continue-to-share-and-enjoy Alexander Nyßen (2013): GEF4 - (Continue to) Share and Enjoy..., EclipseCon NA, Boston (MA), 2013]
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* [http://www.slideshare.net/AlexanderNyssen/gef4-share-enjoy Alexander Nyßen (2012): GEF4 - Share And Enjoy..., EclipseCon Europe, Ludwigsburg, 2012]
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* [http://www.slideshare.net/AlexanderNyssen/gef-past-present-and-future Alexander Nyßen (2012): GEF - Past, Present, and Future, EclipseCon NA, Reston (VA), 2012]
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[[Category:GEF]]

Latest revision as of 23:28, 24 April 2016

GEF4 is the unified effort of the Graphical Editing Framework (GEF) project team to develop a new code base as a replacement for the Draw2d 3.x, GEF (MVC) 3.x, and Zest 1.x components, which are only maintained, but not actively developed further. Being developed in parallel, GEF4 is set up in terms of smaller, more lightweight components, uses JavaFX instead of SWT as rendering technology, and allows to build up graphical applications for Eclipse (using a JavaFX-SWT-integration) as well as standalone.

Current Status

A first snapshot release (0.1.0) and a bugfix release (0.2.0), including incompatible changes, have been published as part of the GEF 3.10.0 (Mars) and GEF 3.10.1 (Mars.1) releases. Information about important changes from 0.1.0 to 0.2.0 can be found in New and Noteworthy in 3.10.1. An overview of all significant features added earlier during the Mars release train can in addition be found in New and Noteworthy in 3.10. Information on earlier achievements and plans can be inferred from the talks listed under Further Reading.

Currently, we are working on the 4.0.0 (Neon) release, which will contain a 1.0.0 release of the GEF4 components. It will not be compatible to the Mars.1 (0.2.0) release and indeed includes major refactorings. Please refer to New and Noteworthy in 4.0 to keep updated about the most important changes.

Developer Resources

As an adopter, please consult the GEF Adopter Guide that describes in a step-by-step manner how to setup your environment in order to develop your client code against GEF4. As a contributor/committer, please consult the GEF Contributor Guide that describes how to checkout and compile the sources, execute a headless Tycho-build, provide a patch, and more.

In either case, all relevant information about where to obtain our source code, where to find our Hudson build jobs, update sites (CI, milestones, releases), mailing lists, or our forum, etc. can all be found in the respective sections of the GEF project dashboard.

The developer documentation for each GEF4 component is referenced from within the developer documentation section on this page. Each component documentation includes references to examples, where applicable.

Developer Documentation

GEF4 is internally constituted of the following nine components (with their respective sub-modules). The reference documentation for each component may be accessed via the component links. You may also consult the Further Reading-section for additional information.

GEF4-Components.png

The naming of the components' sub-modules indicate their UI-toolkit and Eclipse UI dependencies. That is, module names containing '.SWT', '.JFace', or '.FX' indicate a respective dependency to SWT, JFace, or JavaFX. Module names containing '.UI' indicate a dependency to the Eclipse UI. Please not that '.FX' is only used to indicate dependencies on the JavaFX UI toolkit and that JavaFX collections and properties are used throughout (except by GEF4 Geometry and GEF4 Cloudio).

Idea.png Usage of API is demonstrated by undeployed Geometry Examples.
  • GEF4 FX (FX / FX.SWT / FX.JFace) - Provides support for rendering GEF4 Geometry-based shapes, as well as abstractions that are needed in the context of graphical editors and views, i.e. visual anchor implementations and a connection abstraction. Also enhances the JavaFX-SWT-Integration with forwarding of touch gestures and provides proper support for embedding SWT Controls via a generic adapter into a JavaFX scene graph (within the context of the JavaFX SWT integration).
Idea.png Usage of API is demonstrated by undeployed FX Examples and FX SWT Examples.
  • GEF4 Graph (Graph) - Provides a simply, UI-independent data-model (Graph, Node, Edge) for representing directed graphs. Is used as data model by GEF4 DOT and underlying visualization-model for GEF4 Zest.
  • GEF4 Layout (Layout) - Provides layout algorithm implementations as well as a model facade to adapt layout model data for these algorithms.
Idea.png Usage of API is demonstrated by undeployed Layout Examples.
  • GEF4 MVC (MVC / MVC.UI / MVC.FX / MVC.FX.UI) - Provides the core model-view-controller framework to build up graphical editors and views. Provides an UI toolkit independent and a JavaFX specific layer, as well as Eclipse-UI integration for both. Can be used to build standalone and Eclipse-integrated editors and views.
Idea.png Usage of API is demonstrated by a bundled MVC Logo Example, which is available as a standalone application, an Eclipse Workbench UI integrated view, as well as a JNLP-based web application.
Idea.png Usage of API is demonstrated by a bundled Zest Graph Example, which is available as a standalone application and an Eclipse Workbench UI integrated view, as well as undeployed Zest Examples and Zest JFace Examples.
Idea.png Usage of API is demonstrated by undeployed DOT Examples.
  • GEF4 Cloudio (Coudio.UI) - Provides support for visualizing tag clouds. Is based on SWT/JFace, integrated in the Eclipse UI, and will (at least for now) not be ported to JavaFX.
Idea.png Usage of API is demonstrated by undeployed Cloudio UI Examples.

User Documentation

The user documentation for the end-user tools provided by GEF4 DOT and GEF4 Cloudio in terms of a GEF4 DOT User Guide and GEF4 Cloudio User Guide. Both are quite 'sparse' at the moment.

Further Reading

Further information about the history and current plans, as well as on technical details can be inferred from the following presentations/articles/posts: