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GEF/GEF4

This page is the entry page for all information related to the GEF4 provisional component.

Introduction

As agreed on in Bugzilla 347636, development of a new GEF 4.0 API will be started in parallel to the current GEF 3.x development branch under the following terms:

  1. After the Indigo release has been completed, a GEF experimental branch is created by forking the GEF 3.7 code-base into a Git repository (possibly located next to Zest 2.0, so that all experimental GEF components can be found in one place).
  2. The experimental branch created thereby will live parallel to the GEF HEAD branch, considering all its API as provisional unless explicitly graduated. It will not interfere with GEF HEAD, i.e. it will have its own build process and separate wiki pages for documentation of the ongoing work (similar to Zest 2.0).
  3. Committers working on the experimental branch will be responsible for ensuring fixes made to GEF HEAD also get applied to the experimental branch.
  4. Graduation of the experimental branch back into GEF HEAD will have to imply that a proper compatibility layer is in place so all GEF 3.x clients run in a 100% binary compatible method. It will furthermore have to be acknowledged by all GEF committers.
  5. Work will start without an incubator project at first, granting commit rights on the Git repository to all current GEF committers. The question of introducing an incubator project (located under GEF) will be deferred until a) community wants to actively get involved or b) Juno has been released (whatever comes first).

As migration of GEF to git has not been completed yet (see Bugzilla 351232 for details), development has been started by creating a new Geometry API, based on the current Draw2d geometry classes (see Bugzilla 355997 for details).

Source Code

All source code of the GEF4 provisional component is located in the GEF4 Git repository

Builds/Update Sites

A Tycho-based build infrastructure for the GEF4 component has been configured under https://hudson.eclipse.org/hudson/job/gef4-nightly-tycho. 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:

In addition to this, integration, milestones, and release builds are promoted to downloads.eclipse.org and can be found here:

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.

Components / Roadmap

  • Juno + 1 release (migrating parts of existing Draw2d and GEF MVC to GEF4 Geometry, including an initial refactoring):
    • GEF4 Draw2d Core (Graphics, Canvas, Figure, Bounds, etc.)
    • GEF4 Draw2d Shapes
    • GEF4 MVC (EditPartViewer, EditParts, EditPolicies, EditDomain, CommandStack, etc.)
    • GEF4 Editor (EditorPart, UI integration)
    • GEF4 Examples (only logic example)