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The Eclipse Graphical Modeling Framework (GMF) provides a generative component and runtime infrastructure for developing graphical editors based on EMF and GEF. The Bonita BPM Studio provides a powerful and user-friendly interface by leveraging GMF customization power.
Bonita BPM Studio is the design/modeling component of a complete open source BPM Solution. This Eclipse RCP application is the winner of an Eclipse Community Award in 2011, in the "Best Modeling Application" category. The author of this article, Aurélien Pupier, is one of the lead developers at Bonitasoft and has been an Eclipse Committer since 2010.
The core of GMF (GMF-Runtime) is stable. The project is evolving mainly to follow the Release Train and to ensure compatibility with new Eclipse releases.
What does this mean? It means that release after release, every GMF-based product benefits from high stability and backward-compatibility. It allows the Bonitasoft developer team to upgrade easily from one version to another.
Relying on the compatibility layer, GMF works nicely with Eclipse 4.x version. The last version of Bonita BPM is based on Eclipse 4.3.1, and we plan to move to 4.4 for the next one.
Although the core of GMF does not offer big shiny new features, the ecosystem around GMF is evolving and it is a good sign for the future health of the project. The following features are worth mentioning:
Tools to facilitate building applications that rely on GMF-Runtime continue to evolve:
We're looking forward to the next set of changes coming with Eclipse Luna!
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