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Textual Modelling Framework? [message #564991] Tue, 23 May 2006 15:05
Sven Efftinge is currently offline Sven EfftingeFriend
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I just met Artem at the JAX conference in Germany, where we talked a bit
about different approaches for textual notations for DSLs.

I wanted to point you to the xText framework we are currently developing
at openArchitectureWare.
It offers (generates) a textual parser and a textual eclipse editor
based on a grammar described in a simplified BNF-notation.

The generated parser is based on AntLR and creates a (dynamic) EMF
model. The generated text editor provides syntax highlighting, syntax
checking, constraint checking and an outline view.

I've written a blog entry showing some more details (and screenshots): xtext.html

The xText framework was also a part of our session at "Eclipse Forum
Europe", which shows the integration of EMF and GMF with oAW (and
xText). Some of you may find that interesting, too.
The slides can be found here:

We are very interested in sharing ideas about textual DSL design and
would be happy if we could contribute some ideas or code to a possible
TMF (Textual Modelling Framework) if there are plans to create such a

best regards,
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