There are a few remaining usability related tasks, but basic implementation is complete. Currently, Mylyn for Modeling supports EcoreTools diagrams and Project Manager integration as well as Papyrus UML2 class diagrams. The supporting modeling bridge is designed to be relatively easy to extend to support arbitrary GMF supported diagram editor.
There are a number of additional extensions contemplated, including support for EMF Tree Editors.
Installing Mylyn for Modeling
Currently, the features can be installed from:
Please note that the project has not yet been contributed to Eclipse and so has not passed formal review. We don't anticipate any issues with this.
All related bugs:
- Product: Mylyn Incubator
- Component: Experiments
- Deescription: Include "[modeling]" as keyword.
This is a temporary home only, we'll be moving it to EclipseLabs
Please use: mylyn-incubator-dev. Discussion also on EMFT-dev.
Schedule (dates tentative)
Current schedule calls for a release on August 31. We'll update here as various functionality becomes available for testing.
- Blog post by David Green, Tasktop’s VP of Engineering, for model-driven development diagrams based on a model similar to, but not based on, EMF.
- Mik Kersten’s PhD thesis on Mylyn. See especially Section 5.4.1.
- Miles Parker for Tasktop
- Benjamin Muskalla Tasktop (Emeritus)
Context Bridge for EMF Models
In order to bring the productivity benefits of the task-focused interface to engineers using Eclipse-based modeling technologies, Tasktop will create a “Context Bridge” for EMF-based models and diagram editors. The result of this will be a focused mode for diagrams that shows only the elements related to the task-at-hand, dramatically reducing information overload for engineers working on large models. In addition, the task-focused interface extensions will provide Mylyn’s one-click multitasking facilities for working with models, ensuring that engineers can instantly recover from interruptions, and share model-specific expertise, when working with models in addition to what Mylyn already provides for engineers working with source code.
This feature is a new technology, that to date has only been discussed in Kersten’s PhD thesis and implemented by David Green, Tasktop’s VP of Engineering, for model-driven development diagrams based on a model similar to, but not based on, EMF.
EMF Context Bridge
Integration between the EMF Ecore model with the Mylyn Context degree-of-interest model.
- EMF-1: identity of Ecore elements is integrated with task context
- EMF-2: relationships and containment are mapped to the degree-of-interest graph
- EMF-3: degree-of-interest model elements updated on refactoring of model, for active task
- EMF-4: contexts with refactored model elements are updated when loaded, eg, using refactoring history
GEF Diagram Focusing
Support for user interface focusing and one-click multitasking facilities for models and diagrams .
- FOCUS-1: creation of figure filter, highlighter and layout for focused diagrams
- FOCUS-2: degree-of-interest based view updated and model change notification integration
- FOCUS-3: Ecore model focusing for Common Navigators
- FOCUS-4: APIs for GEF figure focusing for downstream editors
- FOCUS-5: usage tracking for Ecore model and GEF diagram editing and navigation
- FOCUS-6: editor mementos are restored on task-reactivation
- FOCUS-7: quick/in-place view of model elements in context
- FOCUS-8: focus support for EMF models in GMF for UML models in Papyrus.
- Degree-of-interest diagram highlighting can be applied to arbitrary diagrams, while degree-of-interest filtering only applies to diagrams where positioning does not have a semantic relevance (eg, works for UML class diagrams, but not for a pipe-and-filter diagram without additional support for displaying elided elements). For more information see 5.4.1 and related sections of Kersten’s PhD thesis: http://www.tasktop.com/docs/publications/2007-01-mik-thesis.pdf