Eclipse 4

Instead of using the Extension Point mechanism, EMF Parsley leverages from DSL and Google Guice Injection.

Because of this, it is very easy to use it with Eclipse 4.


First Example Setup

If you followed the steps described in section Getting Started you will have already what we need to begin. Otherwise the following wizard will bring you to that point.

  1. File -> New... -> Example...
  2. from Category "Emf Parsley Examples", select "Emf Parsley First Example"
  3. press Next and Finish

You will end up with three plug-ins:

  • org.eclipse.emf.parsley.examples.firstexample (the EMF Parsley example plug-in)
  • org.eclipse.emf.examples.library (the model plug-in)
  • org.eclipse.emf.examples.library.edit (the model.edit plug-in)

As a reminder, in section Getting Started we reached the point where we launched a second Eclipse instance (but, of course, just defining a product you could have a standalone 3.x application) with a view (called "My Library Tree Form") that allowed to manage the model.


Preparing for a pure Eclipse 4 Application

What we will do now is starting from the previous step and create an Eclipse 4 Application (on top of the previous plug-ins) that gets to the same result, but now with a pure Eclipse 4 Part.

In order to do this we need to export the "org.eclipse.emf.parsley.examples.firstexample" package from the first plug-in.


Create an Eclipse 4 Application

Now let's create a new, empty, Eclipse 4 application, e.g. "org.eclipse.emf.parsley.examples.firstexample.application" (you can find details on how to create Eclipse 4 applications in our tutorials).

Create a Part and ensure that the application starts.


Using an EMF Parsley TreeComposite into an Eclipse 4 Part

In the just created plug-in we need dependencies from the previous plug-ins: so open the org.eclipse.emf.parsley.examples.firstexample.application/MANIFEST.MF file, go to Dependencies tab and add the three previous plug-ins. Add also "org.eclipse.emf.parsley" plug-in. Don't forget to add the previous, and the required plug-ins, also to the Product.

Open the Part java class and make the following changes:

// Use these imports during Organizing Imports operation
import org.eclipse.emf.common.util.URI;
import org.eclipse.emf.ecore.resource.Resource;
import org.eclipse.swt.widgets.Composite;

// The part implements IMenuListener for context menu handling
public class MyEclipse4Part implements IMenuListener

//the parent composite
private Composite parent;
//the EMF Parley composite for showing a tree and a detail form
private TreeFormComposite treeFormComposite;
//the EMF Resource
private Resource resource;

//Guice injected EMF Parsley component for contributing to the tree context menu
private TreeActionBarContributor treeActionBarContributor = FirstexampleActivator.getDefault().getInjector()


//Guice injected EMF Parsley factory for the tree detail form
private TreeFormFactory treeFormFactory = FirstexampleActivator.getDefault().getInjector()


//Guice injected EMF Parsley Resource loader
private ResourceLoader resourceLoader = FirstexampleActivator.getDefault().getInjector()


//Guice injected EMF Parsley editing domain
private AdapterFactoryEditingDomain editingDomain = FirstexampleActivator.getDefault().getInjector()


//Guice injected viewer initializer
private ViewerInitializer viewerInitializer = (ViewerInitializer) FirstexampleActivator.getDefault().getInjector()


//Guice injected save manager
private ResourceSaveManager resourceSaveManager = FirstexampleActivator.getDefault().getInjector()


//URI for EMF Resource
private URI uri = URI.createFileURI(System.getProperty("user.home")

        + "/MyLibrary.library");

Modify the @PostConstruct method with this code:

public void postConstruct(Composite parent) {
    this.parent = parent;

    // Initialize TreeFormFactory & ResourceLoader
    init(treeFormFactory, resourceLoader);

    // Prepare the menu action bar contributor upon the selection


and add the following methods:

public void init(TreeFormFactory treeFormFactory, ResourceLoader resourceLoader) {
    //create the tree-form composite
    treeFormComposite = treeFormFactory.createTreeFormMasterDetailComposite(parent, SWT.BORDER);
    //load the resource
    resource = resourceLoader.getResource(editingDomain, uri).getResource();
    //update the composite
    //initialize and bind the context menu to the tree-form composite
            treeFormComposite.getViewer(), treeActionBarContributor, editingDomain, this);

public void menuAboutToShow(IMenuManager manager) {

If you now run the application you will be able to manage the model:

but you will notice that it is not possible to persist the changes to the model.


Adding the dirty state and Save command

In order to allow persisting the model changes we have to add the dirty state handling to the part and the Save command to the application. Let's start with adding the following attribute to the part

MDirtyable dirtyable;

initialize it in the @PostConstruct method

public void postConstruct(Composite parent, MDirtyable dirtyable) {

        this.dirtyable = dirtyable;


add to init method the following code in order to update the dirty state

            new CommandStackListener() {
                public void commandStackChanged(EventObject event) {
                    if (dirtyable != null)

and add the @Persist method, which will be called when the part is saved

public void save(MDirtyable dirty) throws IOException {
    if ( {

        if (dirty != null) {




and, in the end, add the Save handler along with the correspondent Command and Menu (you can find how to create handlers, commands and menus in an Eclipse 4 applications in our tutorials)

public class SaveHandler {

    void execute(EPartService partService, @Named(IServiceConstants.ACTIVE_PART) MPart part) {

        partService.savePart(part, false);