Trying to start learning Eclipse GEF? Here’s the best documentations I’ve found so far.

If you are looking for good GEF documentation then the chances are you already know how good GEF might be as a plugin. So straightway to the point. These steps are for java developers cause using java models you can get the full potential of GEF.

My advice,

1. Try to understand the basic architecture behind the Eclipse GEF

2. Start following a tutorial for creating an graphical editor using GEF step by step

3. Mess around with the tutorial example editor you just created.

4. Reverse engineer the example to create a simple editor of your choice

5. Start creating your editor using GEF

6. Use google and use the GEF news forum for problems which you will definitely have.

7. Take a break every 30-40 classes.

Some references

1. http://wiki.eclipse.org/GEF_Description

2. http://www.eclipsecon.org/2008/?page=sub/&id=102

3. common sense

4. best way to dig in to something

5. good luck

6. http://www.eclipse.org/forums/index.php?t=thread&frm_id=81&

7. you’ll understand what I mean when you get to this step😉

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One Response to “Trying to start learning Eclipse GEF? Here’s the best documentations I’ve found so far.”

  1. newcodeontheblock Says:

    Additional advice (from my own experience): Work through the GEF Book (Dan Rubel, Jaime Wren, Eric Clayberg: The Eclipse Graphical Editing Framework (GEF). Addison-Wesley. 2012.). It’s excellent! The website is at http://www.pearsonhighered.com/educator/product/Eclipse-Graphical-Editing-Framework-GEF-The/9780321718389.page.

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