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Beyond the box: How we built a JavaScript IDE with Xtext.

Session Type: 
Building Industry Solutions
Experience level: 

This talk is about using Xtext to build a fully featured IDE for a superset of JavaScript.

People who know Xtext and ECMAScript a little bit have no problem describing such a project with a single word: it's crazy. And in deed, it is challenging for a number of reasons. One of them is the ECMAScript grammar, which requires certain parser features which cannot be implemented with a pure Xtext grammar. Another is performance. While all the nice default Xtext solutions work great for smaller to midsize modeling projects, it is a different story to process, i.e. validate and compile, not only hundreds, but thousands of files. And when you think you're done, more surprises are awaiting you, such as Maven build system difficulties or rough edges coming with new technologies as Xcore.

In this talk I will sketch out our solutions and thereby demonstrate how to customize Xtext to achieve things which will not work out of the box. I will also compare our Xtext based solution, and Xtext as a framework, with the DLTK, as a predecessor solution of our IDE was based on the DLTK and serves now as an indicator.

Time slot: 
31 October 10:30 - 11:05
Theater Stage

Thougth about this

... but never took the time to start with this, so hearing about the efforts Jens did is really interesting