Eclipse Development using the Graphical Editing Framework and the Eclipse Modeling Framework

An IBM Redbooks publication

Published 17 February 2004

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ISBN-10: 0738453161
ISBN-13: 9780738453163
IBM Form #: SG24-6302-00
(250 pages)

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Authors: William Moore, David Dean, Anna Gerber, Gunnar Wagenknecht, Philippe Vanderheyden

Abstract

Eclipse Development using the Graphical Editing Framework and the Eclipse Modelling Framework is written for developers who use the Eclipse SDK to develop plug-in code. This IBM Redbooks publication is intended for a technical readership and for developers who already have good knowledge and experience in Eclipse plug-in development.

In this book, we examine two frameworks that are developed by the Eclipse Tools Project for use with the Eclipse Platform: the Graphical Editing Framework (GEF), and the Eclipse Modeling Framework (EMF). We cover both the Graphical Editing Framework and the Eclipse Modeling Framework, but these frameworks can be used separately, and there is no dependency between them.

This book provides a high level introduction to these frameworks so that Eclipse plug-in developers can consider whether the frameworks will be useful for the requirements of their particular development environment. Next, tips and techniques are provided for writing code that uses GEF and EMF. Also, a detailed example is developed to illustrate a GEF editor that uses an EMF model.

Table of contents

Part 1. EMF and GEF introduced
Chapter 1. Introduction to EMF
Chapter 2. EMF examples
Chapter 3. Introduction to GEF
Chapter 4. GEF examples
Chapter 5. Using GEF with EMF
Part 2. Sample application
Chapter 6. Sample requirements and design
Chapter 7. Implementing the sample

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