Archive for the ‘Texo’ Category
Xcore allows you to define and maintain models in a textual form. To quote the Xcore wiki page: ‘It eliminates the dividing line between modeling and programming, combining the advantages of each.’ Xcore really adds value and makes working with models easier and much more fun. So no wonder that it has been on my todo-list for a while now to see how I could integrate it nicely with Texo.
As often I got the extra needed push from questions on the newsgroup to finally get this done. The past year I have taken a closer look at Xcore and the way it handles models. I was pleasantly surprised to see that you can load Xcore-defined models through an EMF Resource and can easily get to the underlying EMF/ecore model.
This made it quite easy to make all the Texo functionality work for Xcore models:
- generate JPA entities directly from Xcore
- define annotation models to control code generation in detail
- overriding/extending code generation with own custom templates
- auto-generate while changing models
- full automatic-zero-coding CRUD JSON and XML webservice support
Most of the functionality is directly available with a simple right-click on a xcore file:
Note the last menu option: I also added a nice feature that allows you to generate the ecore model from an xcore file (not needed for Texo, but sometime nice to have in any case).
It has been 2 years since I published my last blog post on Texo.
There is a reason for this ofcourse. So before I start with the ‘real’ content of this blog post.. I want to take the opportunity to express my gratitude: for the outstanding care provided by the Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital in Utrecht, The Netherlands, in our case for treating our son’s Leukemia. The professionalism, kindness and tender patience shown by the medical and non-medical staff, always seeing the boy (Man) before the patient, was and is a great help for our family in getting through tough times.
Now back to what’s next for Texo!
The first main thing is Xcore support. It is something requested often by several users. I am almost done with it, so should be there shortly. An interesting next xcore-step is to see if it is possible to integrate the Texo annotations models into the Xcore editor. This so that people don’t need to maintain a separate annotations model.
Another technology I have worked with the past years is Mondrian, it can be interesting to see what/if Texo (runtime) can be integrated with Mondrian.
Recently I have gotten quite interested in micro-service architectures because of their elegant scalability and robustness capabilities and nice decomposition approach. I have some research topics/questions I would like to explore here, further developing Texo in the direction of a micro-service architecture. This is for me probably one of the most interesting areas for 2015!
Related to micro-service architectures is the topic of no-sql datastores. No-sql datastores are better (than relational stores) in supporting distributed data storage, making them suited for micro-service architectures. Would be nice to extend Texo to support different no-sql databases.
A long (really long) while back I had a chat with people from the EMF Client Platform. It is very interesting to make the Texo runtime layer suitable as a ECP persistence backend, there seems to be a perfect fit there!
Having said the above, my plan for this year is to get to an official release and real version 1.0, and then participate in the subsequent official Eclipse release.
I am also very interested in working with others who want to collaborate and contribute. Texo can be split in 2 main parts: generation and runtime behavior providing JSON/XML webservices. Both interesting areas to contribute to. I mentioned several topics above, but other ideas are also welcome! Feel free to contact me directly if you want to participate (mtaal_at_elver.org).
Thanks for reading and I hope this blog post helps to give Texo a try and possibiy contribute. Visit the Texo wiki for more information. Let me know if you have any questions or remarks on the EMFT newsgroup or forum!
Traditionally Teneo and Texo are distributed through Eclipse update sites. The past year several people have asked me to make the Texo and Teneo runtime jar files also available through a Maven repository.
Recently this topic also came up for some sponsored Teneo development I am currently doing. With these requests from multiple sides it was time to make this happen!
So from today: Teneo/Texo (and their EMF dependencies) are uploaded to the Sonatype repositories (thank you Sonatype for providing this repo-service!) and from there synced to Maven central. They are all published in the org.eclipse.emf group.
The nightly builds are available on the Sonatype snapshot repository. The builds are released regularly to Maven central. You can find the jar files there:
ps: when using maven with Texo, make sure to check out this troubleshooting tip.
So how to setup headless/build-integrated code generation?
Texo uses Eclipse for code formatting and import resolving. So, start by downloading an Eclipse version suitable for your build platform. Then install the Texo plugins in this Eclipse version through the Texo update site and put this Eclipse version somewhere on your build server.
As a second step choose a location on the build server where Texo can create a workspace and Java project. And last, place the model (ecore/xsd) files on the build server.
The parameters have the following meaning:
- eclipse: the eclipse installation location
- data: the workspace location
- projectName: the name of a Java project to use, see here for more information
- modelLocation: the location of the model files
- jpa: generate code with JPA annotations
- dao: generate a DAO layer
The generated code will be present in the Java project on your build server and can be copied/compiled from there.
Instead of using ANT, you can also execute headless code generation directly in Java.
That’s all, with these latest developments, code generation and your build process can be nicely tied together!
A month back a Texo user asked me on the newsgroup about the speed of Texo code generation. His proposal was to use xtend2 as the template technology as it is much faster. As often with proposals and ideas, it takes a while, but then suddenly, motivation and time come together and coding starts.
So from today Texo as a default uses xtend2 as a templating technology. This indeed gives a considerable speed increase!
The nice thing is that I managed to still keep the great feature of allowing overriding and/or extending of templates within a development project. You can do this using xpand templates. So the base standard part of Texo uses fast xtend2, if you want to override/extend you use xpand. This is also nice for backward compatibility as your current xpand overriding/extending templates will work fine!
After supporting a 2-tier architecture it is now time to make the step to a full 3-tier application architecture for EMF based RCP’s connected to a standard JPA web server. The server side of this 3-tier architecture was already done earlier: the Texo JSON web service layer. The only remaining topic was implementing the client side: an EMF resource which talks JSON with the server.
Well a first version is available now: the JSONTexoResource. This resource uses JSON to communicate with a server with JPA entities generated from ecore models using Texo.
The nice thing is that the JSONTexoResource transparently works with EMF Proxies. So EMF proxies are automatically resolved by sending a HTTP request to the server and getting the content of the object.
It is easy to override Texo code to add authentication support to the HTTP communication layer. An additional nice feature is that the server side can change/update objects when they are being persisted. Server-side changes are send back to the client (executing the persist action) and merged with the client side objects.
The Texo Resource also support loading objects using queries, counting, retrieving and refreshing individual objects (from the server) and cross-reference queries.
For more information:
- specifics on the JSONTexoResource can be found here
- for setting up the server side is check out this wiki page or see this video.
Next to the work I am doing on an EMF JSON resource, and solving some bugs, I was very motivated to get a nice new feature into Texo: automatic code generation on model file changes.
After each model change you have to go through the somewhat cumbersome right click on a project file and finding the Texo menu to generate your code.
This has now become a lot easier! In the Texo project properties you can now define, that code should be automatically generated when a model file changes. This includes changes to xsd’s and annotation model files.
So just check the correct flag in the project properties and your code is generated on-the-fly and more importantly: automatic.