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Revision as of 08:21, 16 June 2009

Introduction

The Acceleo Project (previously named MTL) is an open source component under the Eclipse Modelling / Model To Text (M2T) project [1]. Its primary goal is to provide an implementation of the MOF Model To Text OMG standard [2].

You do not need to be an expert to start using the plug-ins: using the provided example projects and the powerful completion feature of the Acceleo editor, it is very easy to get started once you understand the basic principles.

Concerning the language, almost all of the OMG specification keywords are supported (those marked with an asterisk are not fully supported yet):

module, import, extends, template, query, public, private, protected, guard, init,
overrides, each, before, after, for, if, elseif, else, let, elselet, trace*, macro*,
file, mode, text_explicit*, code_explicit*, super, stdout

For all the details about these keywords and the MOF Model to Text Language in general, you can consult the official MTL Specification available at the OMG website.

Compatibility

The Acceleo development team does its best to maintain downward compatibility towards Ganymede (Eclipse 3.4). Following is the compatibility chart :

Accelo Eclipse 3.4 - EMF 2.4 Eclipse 3.5 - EMF 2.5
0.8 OK OK

An empty cell indicates that the compatibility hasn't been tested for a particular combination.

Take note that some features are enabled in Galileo (Eclipse 3.5) that are not accessible on Ganymede and that Acceleo templates written within Galileo might not compile within Ganymede! This is mostly the case because of useless "oclAsType" calls in Galileo that were mandatory in Ganymede.

Features

The Acceleo template editor is associated with Acceleo source files (.mtl files) and provides all the features of a modern programming editor to make you more productive when developing code generation modules:

  • Syntax highlighting

  • Smart completion

  • Navigation to definitions and references

  • Error highlighting

  • Dynamic outline

  • Code folding

Some of these features are described in details in the Acceleo documentation plugin.

AcceleoCompletion.png

New & Noteworthy

Check the New And Noteworthy page for information on notable evolutions for each version.

Presentations

Acceleo at Eclipse Con 2009 : a Real Standard Alternative for Code Generation

References

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