Raising the Level of Abstraction in the Development of GMF-based Graphical Model Editors

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The Eclipse Graphical Modeling Framework (GMF) provides substantial infrastructure and tooling for developing diagram-based editors for modelling languages atop the Eclipse platform. It is widely accepted that implementing a visual editor using the built-in GMF facilities is a particularly complex and error-prone task and requires a steep learning curve. We present an approach that raises the level of abstraction at which a visual editor is specified. The approach uses annotations at the metamodel level. Annotations are used for producing the required low-level intermediate GMF models necessary for generating an editor via model-to-model transformations.
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Publication statusPublished - 2009

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