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How to get started with building Dali? [message #609891] Fri, 28 March 2008 22:07
Mike Yawn is currently offline Mike YawnFriend
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I've installed Dali and run through some simple examples.

I'm going to have a need to do some customizations. (Essentially, we
have our own implementation of a JPA provider that I want to use Dali as
a front-end for).

So I think the first thing I need to do is learn how to download the
Dali sources, build it, and get that running, so I've got a starting
point from which to begin making modifications.

I'm sure it's probably the same process as for getting set up to
contribute to any other Eclipse project, but I haven't done that yet, so
I need the basic info on accessing the cvs repository, setting up
workbench, etc. Any pointers to documents, tutorials, newsgroups,
etc. greatly appreciated.

As far as the Dali work, here are some of the things I'll be starting
off with. I'm sure there will be lots of questions. Anything that
looks generally useful I'd be happy to contribute back, and anything
that isn't I'll just keep part of our own development.

In no particular order:
- Need to have a 'Generate Interface' capability that works much like
the existing 'Generate Entities', except that it generates a
JPA-annotated interface rather than an annotated class.
- Since our implementation supports only a subset of the JPA
annotations, we would like to disable controls (mostly in JPA Details
view) for options we won't support. (I suspect that means changes to
the view, although perhaps there is a way to control some of this via model)
- - we would also want to change code completion suggestions so that
unsupported options aren't suggested
- We also have some non-standard annotations, or annotations with added
attributes, so we'd like to be able to generate these where appropriate.

So once I get the project set up, any help in locating the right places
for addressing these types of changes would be appreciated.

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