White Paper Xtext/Sirius: How to get the best of these two technologies?

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You are going to create a domain-specific modeling tool and you wonder how users will edit and visualize the models: textually with a dedicated syntax and a rich textual editor? or graphically with diagrams drawn with a palette and smart tools?

Both approaches are interesting and can be used complementary: While text is able to carry more detailed information, a diagram highlights the relationship between elements much better. In the end, a good tool should combine both, and use each notation where it suits best.

Written by TypeFox & Obeo, this white paper explains the benefits of each approach. Then, it presents Eclipse Xtext and Eclipse Sirius, two open-source frameworks for the development of textual and graphical model editors. And finally, find out two detailed use-cases where these two technologies can be integrated in the same modeling workbench.

Download the white paper.


This subject was presented at EclipseCon Europe & SiriusCon this year! Find out the slides of this presentation and have a look at the video recording.

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