EMFForms is a framework to ease the development of form-based UIs. It is one of the most active and well-received projects in the Eclipse community. EMFForms provides a simple language to define the forms of an application in a declarative way. Rendering the forms with a defined UI technology is thereby separated from their definition. A renderer is responsible for producing an actual UI from a form definition. EMFForms ships with excellent tooling to create forms and with industrial-strength renderers for SWT and RAP.
EMF in combination with EMF Forms promises to drastically reduce the effort for building form-based UIs for data entities. However, articles, blogs, and slides can lie. The goal of this talk is to give a real impression of how these technologies perform in practice. We will therefore skip boring slides and theoretical explanations and dive directly into the development of a single form. After a very short introduction we will do a live demonstration of the following steps: