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2.0 out of 5 stars As useful as a chocolate fireguard, 24 Feb 2012
This review is from: EMF: Eclipse Modeling Framework (Eclipse (Addison-Wesley)) (Paperback)
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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