developerWorks: Learn Eclipse GMF in 15 Minutes

[ Thanks to An Anonymous Reader for
this link. ]

“Let me be blunt: In the past, creating graphical editors within
Eclipse using the Graphical Editor Framework (GEF) was slow and
painful. It involved understanding a complex framework and quite a
bit of redundant code. That said, GEF is an excellent framework for
creating graphical editors because it is model-agnostic. On the
other hand, being model-agnostic creates its own problems.

“GEF, in the spirit of the Model-View-Controller (MVC) paradigm,
allows you to bring your own model to the table. In the early days
of GEF, most people used custom models (think Plain Old Java
Objects (POJOs)). The problem with custom models is that you find
yourself writing common code to support your model, like
serialization and the ability to listen to model changes…”

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