I submitted a proposal with Essential for participation in LWC11. It’s going to be a great forum for comparing language workbenches capabilities and the state of the art in the area. If interested, track the progress here LCW11.
During the last weeks I’ve been working a little, replacing the old Microsoft Oslo dependencies to MGrammar inside Essential to an alternative parsing solution. The MS Oslo and later SQL Server Modeling never passed from the CTP stage and finally were discontinued. Therefore, I couldn’t ship a product in such conditions and finally decided to change it.
When building a new tool for modelling and code generation like Essential, one has to rethink again what template engine use to drive all the machinery. In code generation contexts, template engines are a good field for innovation and your choice will be with you probably for the full lifetime of your tool.
In this post, I will try to introduce and explain why StringTemplate is a superb engine for doing code generation and why you should consider it if dealing with a code generation scenario. More… »
The Hello World sample is a nice starting point to show the syntax and capabilities of every new language. This test is also useful for code generators and Domain Specific Languages (DSLs) also as a proof of concept.
Following this honorable tradition, I have created a video showing the capabilities of Essential: the tool I am working on for doing agile Model Driven Development.
In this 10 minutes video you will get a general idea of the DSL the language provides to create:
and control transformations
In order to see the details, jump to Vimeo, activate the High Definition mode (HD) and set full screen (sorry embebed version is not good enough).
Today I want to share an outstanding video found by my colleague Nico.
This kind of material always shock and amaze me!
When I was a child, I imagine how multimedia contents can effectively be more educational than just using the boring traditional books. I remember myself playing with animated GIFs to show the cyclic nature of the glucose and later on playing with Powerpoint, Flash, etc. to try to explain complex things visually. I prefer a good picture than a thousand of words.
Thereby, when I see a video like the next one I need to see it two or three more times till be able to close the mouth and that only happens just after satisfying my curiosity and gathering the full details. Math, nature and a piece of art, all in one.