Fintan, You'll definately need to download the EMF plug-ins to get started. This includes the runtime support for EMF-based applications and the code generation tools. However, EMF is not, itself, a UML modeling tool. If you want to create your models in UML, you'll need a tool like:
A modeling tool isn't essential, though, as you can also specify models for EMF using annotated Java interfaces or XML Schema. Chapter 2 of the book discusses these issues, and Chapters 6, 7 and 8 detail the mappings from annotated Java, XML Schema and UML, respectively, to Ecore, EMF's "native" meta-model language. Cheers, Dave
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Ahhhhhhh. That answers my other question. EMF is a meta-definition utility, that supports (today) UML, XML and annotated Java. Omondo adds the UML modeling capabilities on top of EMF. Thus, with Omondo you can work from the UML stage and then generate either XML or Java. Is there enough information in the book for a truly insane person to start fiddling around with an RDB interface? Are there already plans for such a thing? I know it's in the overall direction, but ave concrete steps been made? Because I'd be pretty interested in such a capability, and even working on one. Joe
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Okay, along the same lines, do you have a preference for an XML editor for use with EMF generated XML? Joe
Joe, The book doesn't include specific information about how to implement RDB support for EMF but between the book, the emf newsgroup, and poking through the code, a "truly insane person" should be able to figure it out. From the emf newsgroup, I've gotten the impression that several people are already playing around with this kind of thing. We also are doing some prototyping in this area ourselves, but we aren't ready to commit to releasing anything yet. For your editing XML question, there is an EMF-generated sample editor that we provide with EMF that can be used to edit EMF generated XML files. Frank.
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Oh goodie... just what I need. Another newsgroup to monitor . Seriously, though, this looks like it has a LOT of synergy with the stuff I do for a living, so you may well find me puttering about. Joe