For those who did not follow GMF Tooling development in the last year, then let’s say that you missed a complex history. Since most of the contributors have changed, GMF Tooling had trouble to set up a new efficient leadership, had trouble to provide builds, did not succeed to get into the Indigo release train, and could not provide a release that is compliant with Indigo… That was a sad part of GMF Tooling history! But this is now over. Here are the recent accomplishment that make GMF Tooling back to active life:
GMF Tooling 2.4.0 “for Indigo” released
A lot of people were waiting for it, it finally occurs: GMF Tooling (finally) has a release that works with the Eclipse Indigo release! It is mainly made of bug fixes and compatibility improvements. Here is the p2 repository: http://download.eclipse.org/modeling/gmp/gmf-tooling/updates/releases/
A new lead: Michael “Borlander” Golubev
After lots of mails, the GMF Team, helped by the Modeling PMC, was able to nominate a new lead to overview the GMF Tooling contributors team and development. He is Michael Golubev, often known as “borlander” on bugs and forums. who works for Montages as a full-time developer for GMF Tooling. He has also been the lead of UML2 Tools.
Simple build process thanks to Tycho and host build on hudson.eclipse.org
GMF Tooling now has a Tycho builder, that is far easier to maintain and run than the legacy one. So contributors can now run tests very easily with a “mvn clean install” to ensure their work did not break anything. That makes contributing much easier. Moreover, the build is hosted on hudson.eclipse.org so that it is easy and transparent to get an idea of how healthy is the code. Also, going to continuous integration on Eclipse servers allows to produce builds that are equivalent to the one that will be released (including signing and all the necessary Eclipse stuff). So there is no more additional difficulty building a release than building a snapshot.
Get GMF Tooling back into the Modeling discovery service
The Modeling Discovery wizard is a wizard that appears when downloading the Eclipse Modeling package to suggest you some projects to install and use. GMF Tooling just get back into it as I am writing this post!
Guarantee GMF Tooling will make it in Juno release train
We also made the efforts to ensure the future of GMF Tooling will be less chaotic than it was for Indigo. We already did most of the necessary stuff to get GMF Tooling in the Juno release train. So, no stress this year! More details here.
See this effort in my previous post. This is an undefinitely work in progress, so feel free to contribute directly by making the wiki easier to navigate.
So… what’s next?
A lot of things + what the community will think about contributing. The project plan for GMF-Tooling 3.0 (yes, 3.0!) is not yet finished, but here are some key objectives:
- Easier and more intuitive Tooling – with a high-level graphical editor to define your own graphical editor (a “meta-”editor)
- Improve integration/collaboration with other Modeling projects (EEF, XText…)
- Move to Git
- Enroll more contributors in GMF Tooling development
- Simplify generator code
- Extensibility of generator and tooling to make it easy to add support for new things in GMF Tooling from 3rd-party bundles.
I think GMF Tooling just achieved a major step, and I bet this is the beginning of a new, leaner, era for Graphical Modeling!