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Papyrus/Papyrus Developer Guide

Development Environment

To ease the development on Papyrus, each member of the team works with basically the same configuration.

Common Environment

Following is a description of the basic configuration:

  • The latest Eclipse Modeling release.
  • [1] SVN Subversive (or Subclipse)
  • [2] CheckStyle
  • [3] JAutoDoc

Required External Plugins

Papyrus requires some external plugins in order to compile.
The following page maintain a list of Papyrus Required External Plugins

Development Plan


The specifications are available here : http://wiki.eclipse.org/Papyrus_Developer_Guide/Specifications

Getting the code

Connecting to the svn

The code is available under svn at this location http://dev.eclipse.org/svnroot/modeling/org.eclipse.mdt.papyrus/

Retrieve code

PSF Following files will allow you to import all Papyrus plugins used during build phase: PSF files are now automatically generated using the SVN repository. They do not necessarily correspond to what is built. The script used to generate them is available in this project http://dev.eclipse.org/svnroot/modeling/org.eclipse.mdt.papyrus/trunk/readme/ The following psf files are automatically update several time by day.

How to update the script generating the psf files.

The script is located on build.eclipse.org in /opt/public/modeling/mdt/papyrus/create_psf_files.sh.

  • To modify it :

How to update the psf files provided in /trunk/readme.

Coming soon

Retrieve configuration files

The Papyrus Code Templates and Java Formatter files are available under the Papyrus repository in the plugin org.eclipse.papyrus.doc under the folder "templates"
FAQ How do I control the Java formatter
FAQ How can templates make me the fastest coder ever
Checkstyle : available soon

The note explains how to install the templates in your environment.

Papyrus Architecture

Papyrus Generation

Papyrus Code Standards

  • Java Doc - every class, method and field including private ones should be documented with Java Doc
  • No abbreviations - the class, methods and variables should have meaningful names
  • Formatting - the code should be formatted in accordance with format templates
  • Compile - the modified code and other plugins should be compilable. Be sure to use Java 1.5 code compatibility. Check other plugins that could be influenced before commiting!
  • Standard Java Rules coding - Unless specified differently, the Java Standard Coding rules should be applied : no abbreviations, variables starting with lower case; class and types with upper case; Composed name separated with upper case; no underscore in names; ...
  • In case of doubt - check existing code from those following the rules :-)

Papyrus Coding guidelines

A few points may be a little tricky when coding for Papyrus. Among them :

Papyrus Plugin Naming Scheme and Folders Structure

Structure and behavior of papyrus

Papyrus Command Execution, History, Undo/Redo

Papyrus ServiceRegistry

The ServiceRegistry is one of the main Papyrus component. The idea is that each Papyrus feature should be a service registered to the ServiceRegistry.

The ServiceRegistry should be accessible from any code. It allows to retrieve the components you need to perform your task.
A new implementation of the ServiceRegistry is submitted. The new ServiceRegistry is discused here Papyrus Developer Guide/Service Registry

How To ...

Commit, Report Bugs, patchs (Code Contributing)

Papyrus Code Examples

Papyrus Log

Papyrus Editors

Currently Papyrus provides 2 editors kinds : Diagrams and Table. How to add your own editor kind is explained here Papyrus Developper Guide/How to - Add your own editor in Papyrus

Papyrus Discovery

To add extra features to the Papyrus Discover, you should edit the files located here : /cvsroot/org.eclipse/HEAD/www/modeling/mdt/papyrus/downloazds/discovery/juno/

Papyrus Build Process

New plugin Submition Process

New plugin should follow the submition process describe here: Papyrus New Plugin Submission Process