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GEF4 - Mission to Mars Accomplished!

Alexander Nyßen

It's finally done. With today's Mars release we are able to celebrate the first release of the new GEF4 components, on which we have been intensively working for the last five years. A good opportunity for a small retrospective about our "Mission to Mars" and for some sightseeing "at the landing zone".
Countdown and Liftoff! - The Story behind GEF4The renewal of the GEF API had already been a vision back in 2010, when development of Zest 2.x was started with the goal to revise [...]

limiting the number of parallel Eclipse jobs

Alexander Nittka

Using ISchedulingRules it is fairly easy to enforce only one job of a certain type to be executed at the same time. Not using rules, you can run as many jobs in parallel as Eclipse allows. But what if you want at most 5 jobs running in parallel in order not to freeze the system...?

Eclipse DemoCamp 2015 “Mars” at University Stuttgart Vaihingen on July 1st, 17:45 hrs

Niko Stotz

Right on the heels of this year’s Eclipse “Mars” release, we will again run a DemoCamp in Stuttgart. It will take place on Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 17:45 hrs at Stuttgart University in Stuttgart-Vaihingen Informatik Building Universitätsstraße 38 70569 Stuttgart Room Hörsaal 38.03 Details around the DemoCamp can be found at As usual, admission […]

Install GCC with C++14 support on Ubuntu/Mint

Marco Scholtyssek

The current GCC in the ubuntu repository doesn’t support the C++14 standard. To use the C++14 install the GCC has to be updated manually. It can be found in the Ubuntu Toolchain PPA. After this, the C++ compiler can be updated. … Continue reading →

Meanderings on AUTOSAR model repositories (and other models)

Andreas Graf

When working with AUTOSAR models, model storage and management is topic to be solved. In this blog post, I coarsely discuss some thoughts – it is intended as collection of topics that projects using AUTOSAR models have to adresse, but … Continue reading →

FXDiagram goes IDEA

Jan Köhnlein

You may have heard already that the Xtext team is currently porting Xtext and Xtend to IntelliJ IDEA. To get acquainted with the new APIs I decided to spend a few hours of my spare time to port FXDiagram as well. Here is a screencast of the first shot with a class diagram for Java code:

As the core of FXDiagram is independent of Eclipse, this was easier than expected. IDEA is a Swing (!) application, and the JFXPanel allows to embed JavaFX controls within Swing. The hardest [...]

Google Project Soli

Google stellt sein neues Projekt Soli vor bei dem es um eine Möglichkeit geht ohne Knöpfe, Drehräder, Slider … devices steuern zu können: via Gesten. Ein zusammenpressen von Daumen und Zeigefinger ist dann z.B. ein Knopfdruck. Möglich wird das ganze durch einen Chip der Funkwellen aussendet die dann von der Hand entsprechend reflektiert werden. Diese […]

The Future of Xtext

Sven Efftinge

this is a write up of a presentation I gave together with Sebastian last week at XtextCON. It is about our future plans of Xtext. But before we talk about the future I would like to start with a quick summary of ... The Status Quo Xtext is in development for seven years now. We have always been between 6 and 10 active developers, currently being 9. With a total LOC of 5.747.523 our code base is huge. However you have to take into account that we not only check in generated code (it sometimes helps [...]

Editing DSLs in a Web Browser

Miro Spönemann

Domain-specific languages (DSLs) are great for creating abstractions that can be understood by persons without programming experience. However, the tools for working with DSLs are usually based on IDEs such as Eclipse, a typical "made by programmers for programmers" application that is by no means trivial to install, configure, and use. It's time for releasing the power of DSLs into new environments that match the generality and portability of these languages. What could serve better for this purpose [...]

GitHub, Fork, Pull Request… and Oomph

Alexander Nittka

Although there are many workflow descriptions for contributions of GitHub projects, I decided to write about mine. This blog post summarizes what I found useful when an Oomph setup is involved.