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icon5.gif  What is the best JavaFX diagram builder for Xtext language? [message #1742077] Wed, 31 August 2016 07:38 Go to next message
Stéphane Galland is currently offline Stéphane GallandFriend
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Dear all.

I would like to define some graphical representation of the code that was written with my DSL.

I found a couple of projects, e.g. FXDiagram that are providing tools for building these diagrams.

My questions are: do you know good libraries according to your experience?

Thank you in advance.

[Updated on: Wed, 31 August 2016 07:47]

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Re: What is the best JavaFX diagram builder for Xtext language? [message #1742080 is a reply to message #1742077] Wed, 31 August 2016 08:28 Go to previous message
Jan Koehnlein is currently offline Jan KoehnleinFriend
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I prefer model view frameworks, which don't allow changes of the underlying model via the diagram, e.g.:
FXDiagram: User decides what's in a diagram (graphically), layout semi-automatically, some nice reconcile operations to deal with model changes
KLighD: User scripts what's in a diagram, fully automatic layout, nice expand/collapse of container nodes inside the diagram
Graphviz: Hook up a code generator for your language that generates .dot files. Very simple to hook up in Xtext, but no GUI
Generic Graph View (discontinued): User models textually (scripts) what's in a diagram and how it's rendered

Some resources on that topic: (discontinued) (general issues with Xtext and graphics, views vs. editors, FXDiagram) (general issues with Xtext, some comparison of Graphviz, GEF, GGV) (views vs. editors, GVV) (general issues with Xtext and graphics)

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