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  • Paperback: 744 pages
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley; 2 edition (16 Dec 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321331885
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321331885
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 4.3 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 818,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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EMF: Eclipse Modeling Framework

 

Dave Steinberg

Frank Budinsky

Marcelo Paternostro

Ed Merks

 

Series Editors: Erich Gamma • Lee Nackman • John Wiegand

 

The Authoritative Guide to EMF Modeling and Code Generation

The Eclipse Modeling Framework enables developers to rapidly construct robust applications based on surprisingly simple models. Now, in this thoroughly revised Second Edition, the project’s developers offer expert guidance, insight, and examples for solving real-world problems with EMF, accelerating development processes, and improving software quality.

 

This edition contains more than 40% new material, plus updates throughout to make it even more useful and practical. The authors illuminate the key concepts and techniques of EMF modeling, analyze EMF’s most important framework classes and generator patterns, guide you through choosing optimal designs, and introduce powerful framework customizations and programming techniques. Coverage includes

 

            •           Defining models with Java, UML, XML Schema, and Ecore

            •           NEW: Using extended Ecore modeling to fully unify XML with UML and Java

            •           Generating high-quality code to implement models and editors

            •           Understanding and customizing generated code

            •           Complete documentation of @model Javadoc tags, generator model properties, and resource save and load options

            •           NEW: Leveraging the latest EMF features, including extended metadata, feature maps, EStore, cross-reference adapters, copiers, and content types

            •           NEW: Chapters on change recording, validation, and utilizing EMF in stand-alone and Eclipse RCP applications

            •           NEW: Modeling generics with Ecore and generating Java 5 code

 

About the Authors

 

Dave Steinberg is a software developer in IBM Software Group. He has worked with Eclipse and modeling technologies since joining the company, and has been a committer on the EMF project since its debut in 2002.

 

Frank Budinsky, a senior architect in IBM Software Group, is an original coinventor of EMF and a founding member of the EMF project at Eclipse. He is currently cochair of the Service Data Objects (SDO) specification technical committee at OASIS and lead SDO architect for IBM.

 

Marcelo Paternostro is a software architect and engineer in IBM Software Group. He is an EMF committer and has been an active contributor to several other Eclipse projects. Before joining IBM, Marcelo managed, designed, and implemented numerous projects using Rational's tools and processes.

 

Ed Merks is the project lead of EMF and a colead of the top-level Modeling project at Eclipse. He holds a Ph.D. in Computing Science and has many years of in-depth experience in the design and implementation of languages, frameworks, and application development environments. Ed works as a software consultant in partnership with itemis AG.

 

 

 

About the Author

Dave Steinberg is a software developer in IBM Software Group. He has worked with Eclipse and modeling technologies since joining the company, and has been a committer on the EMF project since its debut in 2002.

 

Frank Budinsky, a senior architect in IBM Software Group, is an original coinventor of EMF and a founding member of the EMF project at Eclipse. He is currently cochair of the Service Data Objects (SDO) specification technical committee at OASIS and lead SDO architect for IBM.

 

Marcelo Paternostro is a software architect and engineer in IBM Software Group. He is an EMF committer and has been an active contributor to several other Eclipse projects. Before joining IBM, Marcelo managed, designed, and implemented numerous projects using Rational's tools and processes.

 

Ed Merks is the project lead of EMF and a colead of the top-level Modeling project at Eclipse. He holds a Ph.D. in Computing Science and has many years of in-depth experience in the design and implementation of languages, frameworks, and application development environments. Ed works as a software consultant in partnership with itemis AG.

 


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Williams on 24 Feb 2012
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I suspect most people won't come to this book thinking "Eclipse is a really good thing and, look, it can do modelling as well"; they'll come to it because a project (in the real world) demands that they use EMF and they need to get up to speed on the concepts, techniques and practice as quickly as possible. Unfortunately my experience so far with this book is that this isn't the book to help with that. The authors clearly have their own view of what a 'model' is and what it's used for, but 'model', like 'architecture', is one of the most over used words in the technical vocabulary and the book would benefit from a clear (and relatively short) exposition of the meaning that applies here. Then we get down to details. All the way through chapter 2 there are examples of 'model' and 'code' which are supposed to be equivalent and generated from each other, with the clear implication that Eclipse/EMF had automated the translation, but it wasn't until my 2nd reading of the chapter that I spotted that actually doing this had been put off until chapter 4. Why not have a simpe, example and actually - for real - walk through it so those people who are doing this for a living, and to a timescale, can get started and see what is actually going on. Where's the 'Hello World!' example?

Would I recommend this book: no, except there doesn't seem to be any real alternative.
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This book is very much a guide to using the EMF, written by some of those that specified the framework in the first place. It's pretty complete, covering all the main areas, and uses simple, conversational language (which makes it quite easy to read and to follow). If you're looking to learn about the EMF with a view to using it in projects, you could do a lot worse than reading this book.

On the (minor) down side, I find that it can be quite dense in places, and that this slows down my reading. I normally read quite fast, but this book took me a long time to get through (a couple of chapters a day, most days).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Ok, not much else out there for EMF, too much theory though in this book. 5 Dec 2011
By Zozobra - Published on Amazon.com
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I have re-read this book a few times and each time I keep coming back to the realization that I wish it was way more practical and less theory and long-winded explanations of why the design of EMF was chosen -- versus "here is how you use it". The book sort of, kind of, just barely, follows one example (a Purchase Order model). A key thing though missing in the book is how to create an EMF model using the simple ecore editor that comes with EMF. Instead the book focuses on annotating existing Java models, XML Schema, and Rose models. Personally, I find the direct editing of an ecore model using the EMF "Sample Ecore Model Editor" much faster and sensible for creating a model from scratch. If you want to really learn the hands on practical way to learn EMF I suggest you *also* look Lars Vogella's online tutorials, and other tutorials you might find online. You will still mostly likely need this book, since there is unfortunately not many other EMF books out there. EMF is an awesome technology and the authors of this book are really the worlds experts on EMF.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good book, but too detailed 14 Sep 2012
By Fedoresko - Published on Amazon.com
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Looks like authors should go deeper in EMF mechainsms instead of repeated explaining of obvious things. Threre sould be more examples, more code to read, and less words! On the other hand, books covers all the main themes on the EMF.
Great introduction to EMF, hard to use as a reference 7 Dec 2011
By Erik F Englund - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent introduction to the Eclipse Modeling framework. The book as good examples and is easy to follow. However, as a reference it is hard to find specific passages. Overall a very good book. Most of the content can be found online if you know where to look.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great technology introduction 2 Mar 2013
By Srecko Gnjidic - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is very well written. Primarily, it is to be used for EMF novices who will stay with technology for some time. I recommend it for people who are acquainted with Java and Design Patterns and have some knowledge with UML, or related modelling language. The text in the book sits right where it should be only after some experience with mentioned technologies is gained.

As the one having all the prerequisites mentioned, there was no problem at all in following the narrative. Chapter 2 gives great introduction and touches all topics. Subsequent chapters go deeper into details and by the end of the book it is sure that one would understand EMF.

The reason for not giving the 5th star is somewhat narrow focus of the book. Code examples are a bit terse and ask at least for intermediate level of knowing Java language and Java platform.
1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A fine survey of how to define models and solve real-world problems using EMF and software quality improvement 14 April 2009
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
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Libraries catering to Java and Eclipse programmers will find this second updated edition of "EMF: Eclipse Modeling Framework" a fine survey of how to define models and solve real-world problems using EMF and software quality improvement. From understanding and customizing code to using the latest EMF features and understanding the validation process, EMF is a key guide users will find accessible and enlightening, with project developers offering expertise and insights.
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