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Introduction

Texo supports EMF-model concepts in (web)server environments through JPA-annotated code generation and JSON web service functionality at runtime.

Texo uses components currently present in the Eclipse Modeling Framework (EMF) and Eclipse Modeling Framework Technology (EMFT) projects.

Texo is a proposed open source component in the Eclipse Modeling Framework Technology (EMFT) project.


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Benefits of using Texo

Benefits of using current Texo (April 2012):

  • Code Generation:
    • Generates true pojo's from an Ecore model or XSD without direct compile time link from generated entities to EMF, Texo or other framework types. Facilitates integration of EMF concepts with other frameworks such as Google Web Toolkit or Object Relational Mapping solutions
    • Supports manual change of generated code (the same approach as EMF)
    • Overridable and Extendable code generation with support for EMF-like merge, formatting, import-organizing
  • ORM/JPA generation, Texo generates JPA annotations in the source code or can generate the orm.xml mapping from the ecore models, there are specific JPA model annotations which can be used to control JPA/ORM generation.
  • XML support
    • Supports XML Schema constructs (as EMF)
    • XML and XMI Serialization
  • Runtime model support, key to implementing generic functionality as security, archiving, query generation and generic web services.
  • Support for java annotations and annotations defined in the model, to drive code generation and to be translated into java source code annotation

New functionality which is being developed right now gives these additional benefits:

  • Multiple annotation models (JPA, Hibernate Search, etc.) supported
  • Easy integration with RIA user interface through a generic model-driven JSON service

Further in the future, Texo will be extended to generate the web user interface layer. This will give additional benefits in terms of increased developer productiviy and quality.

Download & Install

Texo is installed through the Eclipse update manager. For more details see the Download & Install page.

Quick Start

The quick start page lets you generate code in just a few steps...

Documentation

The following pages contain detailed information on different parts of the Texo solution.

Code generation topics

ORM/JPA generation topics

Runtime topics

  • EntityManager: describes how Texo generated code and Texo framework code integrates with the EntityManagerFactory.
  • DAO support, Texo generated Dao classes: Texo is capable of generating Dao classes which make it easier to query and access objects in the database, in addition the generated Dao classes support cross referencing functionality.
  • Object Store concept: the object store integrates the Texo model layer with the JPA layer. You can query the database using EClasses and do cross-reference checks.
  • Runtime Model: describes the runtime model access to Texo generated objects.
  • XML-XMI Serialization: covers the main api to convert Texo generated pojo's from and to XML and XMI.
  • EMF Conversion: discusses the Texo-EMF conversion API which make it possible to convert any Texo generated pojo from/to an EObject. This is useful for when you want to make use of other EMF components like EMF Compare.
  • Test data generation: Texo is tested with about 40 models, the test-cases involve conversion from and to EMF, XML and XMI. An important foundation of the test cases is the automatic generation of test data on the basis of the model. This gives a better test coverage and makes it very easy to add new test models to the system and integrate them in the main test runs.

XML/JSON Web Service Support

  • JSON Web Services: describes how Texo supports webservices which use JSON as the format of the exchanged data.
  • XML Web Services: describes how Texo supports webservices which use XML as the format of the exchanged data.

Main Design Concepts

The Texo project is based on a number of main design concepts and philosophies.

  • Annotated Models and Model Annotations: Texo uses annotated models for artifact generation. The goal is to support multiple annotation models (JPA, model oriented, etc.), model annotations can be converted to java annotations or other output. Annotations are set manually and further created by Model Annotators.
  • Runtime model: Texo (just as EMF) supports working with the domain model at runtime. Texo generates Model wrappers to give generated pojo's a Model api.
  • Working with generated artifacts: Texo follows the same philosophy as EMF: generated code can be manually changed, manual changes will be kept/maintained when re-generating the code.

For a more detailed description visit the Design Concepts page.

Texo and EMF

Texo is related to EMF and makes use of specific EMF components. Both Texo and EMF generate java code representing an ecore model in Java. There are however several distinctive differences between the approach chosen and code generation implemented by EMF and Texo. This is covered in detail on this page.

Support & Troubleshooting

For troubleshooting and issues encountered by other users see the trouble shooting page.

Support is given on the EMFT newsgroup which you can find here:

Developing

Developer information (GIT, how to setup a developers environment) can be found on the Developers page.

Future Topics

This is a list of future topics which we may (or may not) work on in the future, it is a list of ideas:

  • integration with the EMF GWT solution
  • integration with RIA frameworks like extjs and smartclient (using their GWT versions)
  • support code generation which generates separate source files which can be manually changed, so not following the @generated pattern used in standard EMF

Feel free to react on the EMFT newsgroup with more ideas.

See also