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[] Project Declaration: Graphical Modeling Framework

Title: Bjorn Freeman

As per the Eclipse Development Process, we are notifying the Eclipse Membership-at-Large of the intent of Borland to propose the Graphical Modeling Framework Project as part of the Technology PMC.

A brief description of the project is below. A project proposal will be posted on early next week.

The Eclipse Modeling Framework (EMF) and Graphical Editing Framework (GEF) are two important projects from the Eclipse Tools Project which are successfully used within several other Eclipse projects and numerous Eclipse-based applications.  These are commonly used together to provide visual design surfaces for domain models expressed with EMF.  Although examples of how to bridge these two technologies exist (e.g. Eclipse Development using the Graphical Editing Framework and the Eclipse Modeling Framework, eDiagram GEF Sample), what is needed is a generative infrastructure to simplify their use in building modeling applications in Eclipse.

The Graphical Modeling Framework project will provide the fundamental infrastructure and components for developing visual design and modeling surfaces within Eclipse.  In essence, GMF will form a generative bridge between EMF and GEF, while a future project goal may be to remove the dependency on EMF and/or GEF.

We propose this project should be undertaken as an incubator within the Eclipse Technology Project.  It is intended to complement EMF and GEF, which are both found in the Eclipse Tools Project, and where it is anticipated GMF will ultimately reside.

Bjorn Freeman-Benson
Technical Director, Open Source Process and Infrastructure
Eclipse Foundation
voice:  971-327-7323 (PST, GMT+9)
email:  bjorn.freeman-benson@xxxxxxxxxxx

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