Democamp Munich

We had a great Democamp and birthday party in Munich. Thanks go to all the speakers, volunteers and attendees!

The evening started with a keynote by Ed Merks. He summarized 10 very interesting years. Some of the events he mentioned were already known, some were surprising, e.g. when Ian Bull started to use EMF in 2003 🙂


The second speaker, Kai Toedter showed a real working demo of how to use Java web start to start an Eclipse RCP application. To make it even more interesting, he started his demo application using the internet connection from Sven`s phone. You can download his slides here.


Manuel Bork presented the new Mylyn-GMF integration that allows the use of task focus on diagrams. This feature is also integrated into UML Lab.

Frank Appel showed how to create dynamic Web-Applications with RAP and OSGi. It was quite impressive to see him turning parts of a web application on and off using an OSGi console. At the end, he also demonstrated the same application running on an iPhone using the native RAP client for iOS. You can find his slides here.

Maximilian Koegel and me did a short “KINECT with Eclipse” demonstration.  If you’re not familiar with this demo, you can see more here.

Then we had a short break with beer and of course a birthday cake. It must have been good –  I wasn’t even able to take a picture of the whole cake:-)

After the break, Andre presented the tool, Ceno. It can help to avoid conflicts in projects by showing who is working on which class in real-time. You can download his slides here.

Tom Schindl presented his project “e(fx)clipse” Eclipse Tooling and Runtime for JavaFX. The styling options and the DSL to declarativly create the UI were especially great. You can find his slides here.

Ekke presented his first experiences with Eclipse PlugIns for BBX Native SDK. This enables the development of applications for the next generation platform for Blackberry smartphones and tablets.

Maximilian presented what’s new in EMFStore. He showed an example of a tool based on EMFStore and also showed an integration of EMFStore with the e4 workbench model. With this integration, the e4 model can be versioned between developers using EMFStore. The changes can even be pushed to a deployed application. As an example, one can switch off a certain feature for maintenance. See here for more information.

Sven Efftinge gave an introduction to Xtend and why it can and should be used daily. Xtend is a very thin layer above Java offering some innovations such as closures, which are not available in Java. Later, Sven also showed how to develop a very simple DSL with Xtext in 10 minutes. You can find more information here.


Ed presented Xcore, a textual syntax for Ecore created with Xtext. Xcore allows the definition of EMF models with the same ease as writing Java code. It also makes it very easy to embed Operations written in Java.

Thomas Schütz presented “Developing Embedded Systems with eTrice.” To me, the most interesting feature was that events on the target can be logged to create Message Sequence Charts(MSC) of the running application. You can find his slides here.

Thanks to all the speakers, the attendees and the volunteers for making this a great event and see you at the next democamp!