graphical editing

GEF - Past, Present, and Future

Session Type: 
Standard [35 minutes]

There are few projects at Eclipse that can actually claim to have a history as long and active as that of the platform itself. GEF, the Graphical Editing Framework (, is no doubt one of the few ones that can justifiably do so. Being thus a well established and mature project, which is very widely used, providing a stable API has been the major concern during the last years.

Nevertheless, some interesting improvements have been made to GEF during the recent 3.6 and 3.7 releases and are to be expected for 3.8 as well, which I will point out in this talk. Furthermore, I will sketch how an initiative to renew GEF has emerged from within the project itself, how it has resulted in the creation of respective Zest 2.0 and GEF4 provisional components, what has been developed in terms of these components so far, and what may in particular be expected in the near and mid-term future.

Schedule info

Time slot: 
27 March 14:15 - 15:00
Lake Thoreau


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