Xtext editors for binary files

 What does "4 + 1" mean? Well, for example itemis employees have been developing a Java bytecode editor with Xtext. This editor allows the contents of .class files to be made visible and editable. In the first part of this article I explained how the JBC editor is used. In this second part I want to discuss the technical problems that arise when you want to make a binary file editable with an Xtext-based editor.  Read more >

What's new in Xtext and Xtend 2.14: The journey of Tina Toolsmith

Tina Toolsmith is one of those typical developers. She loves to code in the office, on the train, during a long flight or even while sitting on her sunny terrace during her vacation. Tina takes great pleasure in using the latest programming languages, frameworks, and IDEs for manufacturing innovative solutions. Essential parts of her toolbox are Xtext and Xtend which she uses to tailor domain-specific languages for a wide variety of usage scenarios. Read more >

4+1 = CAFEBABE: Java Bytecode in Eclipse

What might itemis staff do on their project-free 4 + 1 day? They continue their education, often by working on their own ideas; I would like to introduce just such a project today. The goal was to build familiarity with Xtext and Xtend. The result is a Java Byte Code (JBC) Editor based on these technologies.   Read more >

Pro Tip: Implementing JUnit Test Cases in Xtend

  What makes a clean test? Three things. Readability, readability, and readability. Readability is perhaps even more important in unit tests than it is in production code. What makes tests readable? The same thing that makes all code readable: clarity, simplicity, and density of expression. Read more >

Using Eclipse Mita with YAKINDU Statechart Tools

Using YAKINDU Statechart Tools is an effective way to describe reactive, event-driven systems. As part of my master thesis I took YAKINDU Statechart Tools and implemented a custom code generator for the new programming language Eclipse Mita. In this blog post I want to show you how it works and how you can use it in your development. Read more >

Xtext 2.14 released!

The Xtext team proudly announces the availability of the 2.14 release. While the previous releases have focused on performance and internal improvements this release comes with a bunch of new features that will ease your life and make your DSLs even more valuable. We encourage to update to this release. Xtext 2.14 will also be part of the upcoming Eclipse Photon release scheduled for June 27. Read more >

New File Wizard – easy to generate with Xtext 2.14

We have already shown on our blog how to generate a new project wizard with Xtext 2.14. Now it's also possible to create a comparable wizard, also based on templates, for creating DSL files in existing projects. Read more >

Generating a new project wizard with Xtext 2.14

Anyone who implements DSLs with Eclipse Xtext benefits from the fact that the necessary infrastructure is generated automatically from the grammar. This gives you an environment in which everything is provided for developing your own DSL with minimum effort. A mere grammar and two buttons later, you can start Eclipse, full of anticipation. It first asks what kind of project you want to create. Xtext has not answered this question yet, so you have a choice. Read more >

Code Mining Support in Xtext

One of the most notable new APIs in Eclipse Photon is called Code Mining. A code mining represents content (i.e. labels and icons) that are shown within the text editor, but are not part of the text itself. For example, within a method call statement a mining could display the name of parameters, or an icon above unit test methods could be shown that runs the test on clicking it. Read more >

How to Integrate Arduino with Eclipse Mita

Developing embedded devices, especially for IoT applications, can be a very complex task and requires a lot of knowledge. In the last blog post of my colleague Thomas Kutz we introduced Eclipse Mita, a new programming language designed for developing embedded IoT devices. It comes with a concise syntax based on event-driven paradigms and abstracts from the underlying hardware.  Read more >


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