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Revision as of 18:26, 23 June 2011 by D a (Talk | contribs) (AntlrProjectConfigurator and corresponding metadata)


Some OSGi bundle development and PDE knowledge is assumed. TODO link to some PDE documentation and tutorials

Java code generation overview

Although there are no strict rules, usually maven java code generation plugins like antlr3-maven-plugin or maven-jaxb-plugin take one or more input files from project source tree and generate a number java source files in a subdirectory of target/generated-sources/ directory. These generated sources are usually required to compile and/or run project tests.

To properly support code generation inside Eclipse IDE workspace, the IDE generally needs to perform some configuration (semi) statically during project import and then do actually code generation either on request or automatically as part of workspace build.

m2e extension that provides support for generation will typically need to

  • implement a subclass of org.eclipse.m2e.jdt.AbstractJavaProjectConfigurator to perform necessary project configuration
  • implement subclass of MojoExecutionBuildParticipant to delegate actual code generation to underlying maven plugin goal
  • provide metadata to metadata to register the project configurator with m2e and to map maven plugin execution to the project configurator

m2e/antlr3 code generation support explained

As an example, here is explanation of how different parts of m2e/antlr fit together

On command line, antlr3-maven-plugin, reads ANTLR grammar files from directory specified by ${sourceDirectory} plugin configuration parameter (defaults to src/main/antlr3) and generates output files in directory specified by ${outputDirectory} plugin configuration parameter (defaults to target/generated-sources/antlr3).

AntlrProjectConfigurator and corresponding metadata

AbstractJavaProjectConfigurator is a convenience abstract implementation of AbstractProjectConfigurator that provides default behaviour common to many java code generation m2e extensions. AbstractJavaProjectConfigurator assumes single additional java source folder needs to be configured for the project and the source folder location is defined by ${outputDirectory} maven plugin configuration parameter. This allows very simple ANTLR project configurator implementation (is explained below)

   public class AntlrProjectConfigurator
       extends AbstractJavaProjectConfigurator
       public AbstractBuildParticipant getBuildParticipant( IMavenProjectFacade projectFacade,
                                                            MojoExecution execution,
                                                            IPluginExecutionMetadata executionMetadata )
           return new AntlrBuildParticipant( execution );

The follow extension in plugin.xml registers ANTLR project configurator with m2e

           name="ANTLR Project Configurator">

lifecycle-mapping-metadata.xml located at the root of the project (and at the root of OSGi bundle jar at runtime) maps antlr3-maven-plugin antlr goal to ANTLR project configurator. Note that configurator id in the mapping matches configurator id defined in the extension point above.


And finally, the following extension in plugin.xml registers m2e extension as lifecycle mapping metadata source with m2e. This is mostly needed as performance optimization, because without this extension m2e would have to search lifecycle-mapping-metadata.xml file in all installed eclipse plugins.



AntlrBuildParticipant generates java source files (any resources generated by ANTLR, to be precise) during eclipse incremental and full builds.

First AntlrBuildParticipant checks if any of the grammar files have changed and short-cuts code generation if there were no changes.

       File source = maven.getMojoParameterValue(getSession(), getMojoExecution(), "sourceDirectory", File.class);
       Scanner ds = buildContext.newScanner( source ); // delta or full scanner
       String[] includedFiles = ds.getIncludedFiles();
       if (includedFiles == null || includedFiles.length <= 0 )
           return null;

Then, AntlrBuildParticipant delegates to to execute antlr3-maven-plugin antlr goal. This generates resources on filesystem, but does not update eclipse workspace

       Set<IProject> result = kind, monitor );

Finally, AntlrBuildParticipant refreshes generation output folder in workspace

       File generated = maven.getMojoParameterValue(getSession(), getMojoExecution(), "outputDirectory", File.class);
       if (generated != null) {
           buildContext.refresh( generated );

Testing m2e/antlr code generation support

Building the code and generating p2 repository

Project directory structure overview

 org.somecatchyname/                   <= project basedir, all project files are under this directory
   org.somecatchyname.m2e/             <= main bundle project
   org.somecatchyname.m2e.tests/       <= automated tests (optional, but highly recommended)
   org.somecatchyname.m2e.feature/     <= eclipse feature project
   pom.xml                             <= aggregator pom.xml

Submitting M2E marketplace entries

M2E extension development environment

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