A new plug-in for MetaCase's Eclipse allows users to work with MetaEdit+ models directly from Eclipse. It also automatically imports source code generated from the MetaEdit+ models into Eclipse, and builds and runs it there.
Traditionally, it has been difficult for development teams to combine the use of models and code-modeling tools and programming environments, partly because of the modeling languages used and partly because of the tools. With the plug-in, domain-specific models, expressed as diagrams, matrices, or tables in MetaEdit+, can be browsed and used directly from Eclipse.
Domain-Specific Modeling utilizes high-level models that describe things in terms of a company's
individual problem domain instead of attempting to visualize the code developers will write. These models directly mirror real-world objects, allowing developers to make better designs with less effort and enabling them to generate full, production-quality code that interfaces correctly with their existing software platforms, frameworks, components, and libraries.
The MetaEdit+ plug-in for Eclipse allows generators to import and integrate the generated code with the code written in Eclipse as frameworks or unique business logic code. The integration also enables debugging at the model level: while running the application code, models can be traced and annotated.
The MetaEdit+ plug-in for Eclipse is available at Google code. The MIT license allows companies to freely adapt it to their specific needs.