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Creating an Eclipse Builder with Xpand [message #875856] Wed, 23 May 2012 13:08
Cornelius Dirmeier is currently offline Cornelius DirmeierFriend
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Hi,

I like to create code generator integrated into my eclipse plugin as an incremental eclipse builder. I am just evaluating several code generation frameworks and I think Xpand fits very well.

The user is able to create some objects with my plugin. To allow the user to manipulate the generated code I need to use JMerge!

My plan:

In the first builder step I map the created objects to a generator model (POJO). In second step of the builder I call Xpand (by XpandFacade?) to create code from my generator model using the templates. The output of Xpand should be a String (or Stream) to get the code transfered to jmerge in the third step. After merging user code and generated code I write the content to an eclipse resource IFile.

My questions:
- Does this plan sound good or would you take another framework or tool?
- How could I tell Xpand not to write java.io.File but to a StringBuffer or OutputStream?
- What is the best way to call the Xpand code generator in the builder?

Thank you for support.

Cornelius

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