Here are some news from today's oAW team telecon:
Work on the new oAW/M2T infrastructure (the new back/front/middleends) is progressing nicely. Most of the work is done by Arno, the itemis lab in Kiel and Bernd. The languages will be source compatible with oAW 4.2 but will be based on a more stable and much more performant architecture. A couple of minor syntactic enhancements will be added - details later. This work is also the basis for Eclipse M2T.
Don't forget that at this year's EclipseCon
Bernd and Markus will do three Tutorials and one Long Talk on modeling and oAW. In addition to those two, Sven, Wolfgang and Achim will also be present.
We're also working on a new release of oAW 4.2. There will be a a bug fix release without Xtext called 4.2.1, as well as a release of ONLY Xtext called 4.3 beta. We separate those two because Xtext has more new features, but is not as well tested as the other parts. Expect to see these releases next week.
New Xtext features include: viewpoints (several different tree view structures), Ctrl-O support (show the outline as a popup), styles (render keywords with different color and font), imports (seamlessly separate you model into several files), grammars for existing meta models, referencing external (meta)models, an EMF resource implementation for Xtext files. You can see some of those features in this
screencast. Note that these features are things that will be in TMF, but some API aspects will be incompatible with the current implementation in the upcoming Xtext 4.3 beta.
We're also currently working on an oAW planet, i.e. an aggregate blog that collects all the blogs of all oAW team members into a single feed. More on this once everything is running.
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