Automated Traceability Link Derivation and Maintenance

A systems engineering project comprises tens or even hundreds of thousands of development artifacts, be it stakeholder requirements, elements of the system architecture, software units, test cases etc.  Read more >

Product Development without Programming Skills

We live in rapidly moving times: new products are launched at incredible speed. Bringing products to market faster than your competitors is a key criterion for success. Behind product development, however, lies an extensive and complex process that requires many handovers between different roles. I will show you a way to cut this process down and speed up time to market. Read more >

A Bird’s View on Language Servers

To write computer programs different programming languages are used, often multiple languages for one piece of software. While programs can be written with very basic text editor like NotePad or vi, normally dedicated programming tools are used that give developers a more integrated and guided way of editing code. Read more >

A UML-agnostic Migration Approach: From UML to DSL

Over the last decade, open source frameworks for creating domain-specific language workbenches have improved significantly. Thereby, it has become easier to utilize model-driven software engineering based on domain-specific languages (DSL). However, many companies already adopted model-driven engineering at the beginning of the 21st century.  Read more >

Domain-specific visualization of textual models with Xtext and Sirius

Some people say graphical modeling is dead and textual modeling is the better maybe the only way. As an Xtext-enthusiast I would always argue that modeling should be done textually.  Read more >

Eclipse Xtext 2.13 is released!

Right on time for EclipseCon Europe the Xtext project managed to release its new version 2.13. Xtext 2.13 is the first version for the Eclipse Photon simultaneous release and was designed to fit well with the recently released Eclipse Oxygen.1a version. For users of older Eclipse versions, Xtext remains compatible back to Eclipse Luna. Read more >

Test driven development with YAKINDU Statechart Tools’ SCTUnit

Recently we had a discussion about Test Driven Development. Is it really important or just a buzzword. We agreed quickly: it is not a Buzzword. TDD is a skill. You need to acquire it, you need to practice it, you need to do it. And you can do TDD on statechart models within YAKINDU Statechart Tools – with SCTUnit. Read more >

About the Power of Open Source Development at Eclipse

As a project deeply integrated with Eclipse JDT, Xtext has sometimes also to use internal API. This is, for example, necessary to leverage best performance of accessing Java elements. We try to avoid this whenever possible sometimes even by duplicating the code, and we never faced a problem for several years in this regard. Read more >

Formatting for the Masses

Reading source code happens way more often than writing it. And reading code is a lot easier when it is well formatted. Linebreaks and indentations are guiding the reader and it is more obvious in which context things are happening. Doing formatting completely manually is simply not an option, especially for larger changes. For that reason general purpose languages, like Java, do have many different implementations for automatic code formatters or “pretty printers”.  Read more >

Musings about Jigsaw – The Java 9 Module System

Hooray, JavaTM 9 was released on 21 September! Arguably the most visible and most controversial new feature of the Java platform is the Java Module System Jigsaw. Project Jigsaw was initiated in 2008 and almost 10 years after the kick off, Java eventually got its new and shiny module system as part of the platform. Read more >

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