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The Graphical Editing Framework (GEF) allows developers to create a rich graphical editor from an existing application model. GEF consists of 2 plug-ins. The org.eclipse.draw2d plug-in provides a layout and rendering toolkit for displaying graphics. The developer can then take advantage of the many common operations provided in GEF and/or extend them for the specific domain. GEF employs an MVC (model-view-controller) architecture which enables simple changes to be applied to the model from the view.
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The Graphical Editing Framework (GEF) project provides technology to realize rich graphical editors and views for the Eclipse Workbench. It bundles three components:
  
While the main GEF [http://eclipse.org/gef website] contains the bulk of information regarding the project, the type of information more appropriately hosted on a wiki is (or will be) found here, such as: FAQs, tutorials, requirements, discussions, etc.
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* '''Draw2d''' (org.eclipse.draw2d) - A layout and rendering toolkit for displaying graphics on an [[SWT]] Canvas.
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* '''GEF (MVC)''' (org.eclipse.gef) - An interactive MVC framework built on top of Draw2d, which fosters the implementation of rich graphical editors for the Eclipse Workbench.
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* '''Zest''' (org.eclipse.zest) - A visualization toolkit based on Draw2d, which enables implementation of graphical views for the Eclipse Workbench.
  
== Downloads & Update Sites ==
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While the [http://www.eclipse.org/gef main GEF website] contains the bulk of information regarding the GEF project, the type of information more appropriately hosted on a wiki is (or will be) found here, such as: FAQs, tutorials, requirements, discussions, etc.
* [http://www.eclipse.org/gef/downloads/ Downloads]
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* Update-Sites ([http://download.eclipse.org/tools/gef/updates/releases/ Releases], [http://download.eclipse.org/tools/gef/updates/milestones/ Milestones & RCs], [http://download.eclipse.org/tools/gef/updates/interim/ Intergration & Maintenance Builds]) (old update sites: <strike>[http://download.eclipse.org/tools/gef/update-site/releases/site-old.xml Releases]</strike>, <strike>[http://download.eclipse.org/tools/gef/update-site/milestones/site-old.xml Milestones]</strike>, <strike>[http://download.eclipse.org/tools/gef/update-site/integrations/site-old.xml Intergration Builds]</strike>)
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== Documentation ==
 
  
* New and Noteworthy: [[GEF/New and Noteworthy/3.6 | 3.6 (stable) ]], [[GEF/New and Noteworthy/3.7 |3.7 (development)]]
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* [[GEF Contributor Guide | GEF Project Contributor Guide]]
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* [[GEF Team Meetings| GEF Project Team Meetings]]
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GEF is a mature project with stable API. To develop innovations without interfering with the Draw2d/GEF (MVC) 3.x and Zest 1.x development stream, we have started to work on a [[GEF/GEF4 |'''GEF4''']] provisional component.
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=== Draw2d/GEF ===
 
* [http://help.eclipse.org/helios/index.jsp?nav=/28 GEF and Draw2d Plug-in Developer Guide (Ecipse Help)]
 
* [[GEF Developer FAQ | Draw2d/GEF Developer FAQ]]
 
* [[GEF Troubleshooting Guide | Draw2d/GEF Troubleshooting Guide]]
 
* Draw2d/GEF Tutorial ([[GEF Description | Part 1]] & [[GEF Description2 | Part 2]]) by Régis Lemaigre
 
  
=== Zest ===
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=== Information for Consumers (Developers) ===
* [[GEF Zest Visualization | Zest Introduction]]
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* New and Noteworthy [[GEF/New and Noteworthy/3.8 | 3.8 (stable) ]], [[GEF/New and Noteworthy/3.9 | 3.9 (development)]]
* [[Tree_Views_for_Zest | Zest 2.0 Layout API]]
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* [[GEF/Articles, Tutorials, Slides | Articles, Tutorials, Slides]]
* [[Graphviz DOT as a DSL for Zest]]
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== External Documentation (Articles, Slides, Books) ==
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* [[GEF/Reference Documentation | Reference Documentation]] (Draw2d/GEF (MVC) 3.x and Zest 1.x)
* Lars Vogel (2009): [http://www.vogella.de/articles/EclipseZest/article.html Eclipse Zest - Tutorial], article
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* [[GEF/Examples | Examples]] (Draw2d/GEF (MVC) 3.x and Zest 1.x)
* Chris Aniszczyk, Randy Hudson (2007): [http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/library/os-eclipse-gef11 Create an Eclipse-based application using the Graphical Editing Framework - How to get started with the GEF and other options for the graphically inclined Eclipse developer], IBM developerWorks article
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* [[GEF/Developer FAQ | Developer FAQ]] (Draw2d/GEF (MVC) 3.x and Zest 1.x)
* Randy Hudson (2006): [http://eclipsezilla.eclipsecon.org/php/attachment.php?bugid=52 Graphical Editing Framework - Tutorial], EclipseCon presentation slides
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* [[GEF/Troubleshooting Guide | Troubleshooting Guide]] (Draw2d/GEF (MVC) 3.x and Zest 1.x)
* William Moore, David Dean, Anna Gerber, Gunnar Wagenknecht, Philippe Vanderheyden (2004): [http://publib-b.boulder.ibm.com/Redbooks.nsf/RedpieceAbstracts/sg246302.html?Open Eclipse Development using the Graphical Editing Framework and the Eclipse Modeling Framework], IBM Redbook
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* Phil Zoio (2004): [http://eclipse.org/articles/Article-GEF-editor/gef-schema-editor.html Building a database schema diagram editor], Eclipse Corner Article
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=== Information for Contributors & Committers ===
* By Bo Majewski (2004): [http://www.eclipse.org/articles/Article-GEF-diagram-editor/shape.html A shape diagram editor], Eclipse Corner Article
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* Daniel Lee (2003): [http://www.eclipse.org/articles/Article-GEF-Draw2d/GEF-Draw2d.html Display a UML Diagram using Draw2D], Eclipse Corner Article
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* [[GEF/Contributor Guide | GEF Project Contributor Guide]]
* Eric Bordeau (2003): [http://eclipse.org/articles/Article-GEF-dnd/GEF-dnd.html Using Native Drag and Drop in GEF], Eclipse Corner Article
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* [https://dev.eclipse.org/mailman/listinfo/gef-dev GEF Project Contributor Mailing List]
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* [[GEF/Team Meetings| GEF Project Team Meetings]]
  
 
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Revision as of 18:52, 12 November 2012

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The Graphical Editing Framework (GEF) project provides technology to realize rich graphical editors and views for the Eclipse Workbench. It bundles three components:

  • Draw2d (org.eclipse.draw2d) - A layout and rendering toolkit for displaying graphics on an SWT Canvas.
  • GEF (MVC) (org.eclipse.gef) - An interactive MVC framework built on top of Draw2d, which fosters the implementation of rich graphical editors for the Eclipse Workbench.
  • Zest (org.eclipse.zest) - A visualization toolkit based on Draw2d, which enables implementation of graphical views for the Eclipse Workbench.

While the main GEF website contains the bulk of information regarding the GEF project, the type of information more appropriately hosted on a wiki is (or will be) found here, such as: FAQs, tutorials, requirements, discussions, etc.




GEF is a mature project with stable API. To develop innovations without interfering with the Draw2d/GEF (MVC) 3.x and Zest 1.x development stream, we have started to work on a GEF4 provisional component.




Information for Consumers (Developers)

Information for Contributors & Committers