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Welcome to the Confluence Wiki of the Eclipse Practical 2012/2013. What this Wiki is all about:

  • It's the place where we post important information on the practical, such as due dates and similar information.
  • It's also the place where we post tutorials on developing Eclipse applications. You will spend the first part of the practical working through the tutorials before starting your individual projects.
  • And finally, it's the place where each group will document their project.

About This Practical

This practical will give you an introduction to programming Eclipse applications. The first half will consist of tutorials on different parts of Eclipse programming, each accompanied by an introductory presentation by Miro or Christoph Daniel. Each participant will work on the tutorials on his or her own, handing in his or her results a week later. For the second half of the tutorial you will be working in groups on projects that will allow you to apply your new Eclipse knowledge.

This is what we want the practical to teach you:

  • Version management with Git.
  • Programming Eclipse with several important technologies:
    • Plug-in architecture (plug-ins, extension points, extensions, ...)
    • Programming GUIs (SWT, JFace, menu contributions, views, editors, ...)
    • Modeling components (EMF, GMF, ...)
    • Model transformations and DSLs (Xtext, Xtend)
    • Eclipse e4 application model?
  • Working in groups and self-organization

Getting Help

Responsible for this practical are Christoph Daniel Schulze and Miro Spönemann. If you need assistance, feel free to send us an email or ask for an appointment.


Here's the list of tutorials you will be working through during the first part of the practical. Click a tutorial's name to navigate to its Wiki page. We will add the tutorials as the practical progresses. Each tutorial comes with two dates: the posted date, specifying when you may start working on it; and the due date, specifying when the tutorial is due to be handed in. Please resist the temptation to start working on tutorials before they have been officially posted; those are still being worked on and may change, rendering your previous work obsolete. In fact, tutorials that haven't been written yet can still change alltogether.

TutorialMain AdvisorPostedDueDescription
GitMiroOct 17thOct 24thIntroduction to the Git source code management tool. Note: We won't be reviewing the results of this tutorial!
The Plug-in Architecture of EclipseChristoph DanielOct 24thOct 31stIntroduction to the Eclipse architecture and basic UI concepts.
The Eclipse Modeling FrameworkChristoph DanielOct 29thNov 7thDevelop a Turing Machine model and generate the necessary Java code using the Eclipse Modeling Framework.
Textual Modeling with XtextMiroNov 5thNov 14thCreate a textual syntax for your Turing Machine models.
Graphical Modeling with GraphitiMiroNov 12thNov 21stCreate a graphical syntax for your Turing Machine models.
Model Transformation with XtendChristoph DanielNov 19thNov 28thTransform a Turing Machine into a model of a simple imperative programming language.
Code Generation with XtendChristoph DanielNov 26thDec 5thGenerate code for arbitrary models of the imperative programming language.

Group Projects

Here's the list of group projects, along with the group members. Click the project names to navigate to their respective Wiki pages. The groups and group projects will not be formed until some point in the semester.

Organizational Stuff

We will hold regular meetings each Monday from 16:00 to 17:30 in room 1118. The meetings will usually consist of a presentation about the next tutorial or a presentation of one of the groups.

We have weekly review sessions where each group presents its results to either Miro or Christoph Daniel. Those will be held each Thursday from about 10:00 to 11:00, with each review session scheduled at a certain time.

Important Dates

Here's a handy list of the most important dates:

2013/01/14 16:00First milestone of the group projects in room 1118.
2012/11/29 12:00Review sessions for the sixth tutorial.
2012/11/26 16:00Seventh meeting in room 1118.
2012/11/22 12:00Review sessions for the fifth tutorial.
2012/11/19 16:00Sixth meeting in room 1118.
2012/11/15 12:00Review sessions for the fourth tutorial.
2012/11/12 16:00Fifth meeting in room 1118.
2012/11/08 12:00Review sessions for the third tutorial.
2012/11/07 23:59Hand-in of third tutorial results.
2012/11/05 16:00Fourth meeting in room 1118.
2012/11/01 12:00Review sessions for the second tutorial.
2012/10/31 23:59Hand-in of second tutorial results.
2012/10/29 16:00Third meeting in room 1118.
2012/10/24 23:59Hand-in of first tutorial results.
2012/10/24 14:15Second meeting in room 1118.
2012/10/17 14:15First meeting in room 1304b. (13th floor of the high-riser)

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