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Combining Text and Graphics in Eclipse-based Modeling Tools

Jan Koehnlein (itemis AG )

Making With Eclipse · Lightning (12 mins)
Monday, 16:20, 12 minutes | Stevens Creek

Tags: Modeling
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While traditional modeling tools, e.g. UML tools, are usually based on diagrams, there is a rising interest in textual modeling. Both representations have their pros and cons: While graphics emphasize the connection of elements, it is often easier to specify details in text. In the end, both approaches allow to visualize and manipulate a model.

The Eclipse Modeling Project offers a lot of frameworks to build model editors.

In this talk I will demonstrate how to integrate graphical editing with GMF and textual modeling using Xtext on the same model synchronously, show the critical points and give a demo of a hybrid modeling editor that combines the strengths of both representations.

Dr. Jan Köhnlein is working as software architect and consultant for itemis AG in Kiel (Germany). He has earned several years of experience in developing tools for model-driven software development. He leads the EMF Index project and commits to several other Eclipse Modeling Projects.