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Product News : MetaEdit+ 5.0 integrates rich graphical DSLs with Eclipse and Visual Studio
on 2012/12/4 6:09:11 (684 reads)
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MetaCase, the leading provider of Domain-Specific Modeling (DSM) tools, has announced the release of a new, feature rich version of their flagship software development tool, MetaEdit+®. MetaEdit+ 5.0 lets you create top-notch graphical domain-specific languages and code generators in a few hours. The rich graphical notations go beyond plain icons and links: they can change on the fly depending on model data, be nested to unlimited depth, retrieved from libraries, and have a fixed or dynamically varying number of ports to connect to. These new features allow domain-specific models to mimic closely the problem domains they describe.

The new version integrates into programming tools like Visual Studio and Eclipse. Software developers get one-click access from their IDE to MetaEdit+ models, can integrate generated code with hand-written code and libraries, and automate their build process. Application functionality can be traced and debugged on both the code and model levels simultaneously. On the modeling side, the new version aims to minimize the modeling work needed, reports problems in models instantly, and can graphically highlight the changed parts of a model.

Version 5.0 further simplifies language creation for the growing number of organizations interested in generating code from models. Updated language definition tools offer enhanced control, and an intuitive interface eases the task of language creation. The development of code generators is improved with new generator functionality and enhanced generator debugging tools. As manual coding is not required, modeling languages can be immediately tested during development, with existing models updating automatically in response to language changes.

MetaEdit+ 5.0 is available with subscription or permanent licensing, with an organization’s first license costing as little as 150€ per year. "The new MetaEdit+ version makes language development so fast that even shorter projects may now start to benefit from graphical DSLs”, said Dr. Juha-Pekka Tolvanen, CEO of MetaCase. "We are pleased to see teams defining their DSLs in a few days and getting the return for their efforts very quickly. This allows DSL users to raise the level of abstraction closer to the problem domain, yet generate the code they need in an agile manner, outperforming their competitors.”

Included in the new release are several new example languages and code generators, including Android, Windows Phone, and PLC. These examples help users in quickly defining their own graphical DSLs. As always, domain-specific languages and generators made with earlier versions update automatically in the new version. The evaluation version is available to download for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux platforms at www.metacase.com/download.

About MetaCase

MetaCase is the leading provider of Domain-Specific Modeling (DSM) environments. Since 1991, MetaCase has been enabling its customers to improve their productivity and competitiveness with modeling languages and generators designed to meet their needs. The company’s flagship product, MetaEdit+®, is providing thousands of developers worldwide with a more productive, higher quality approach to system and software development. For additional information, including press kit and product evaluation details, visit www.metacase.com.

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