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From Chad McHenry <mchen...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Ibator plugin use and future plans
Date Tue, 23 Jun 2009 09:53:19 GMT
On Mon, Jun 22, 2009 at 10:45 AM, Jeff Butler <jeffgbutler@gmail.com> wrote:

> Several topics:
> 1. Java file merging
>
> The code for merging Java files is only in the Eclipse plugin.  It uses the
> Eclipse AST parser and AST rewriter and cannot run outside of Eclipse.  If
> you want to merge Java code, you must run in Eclipse.
>
> In the far future, I hope to enable Java merging outside of Eclipse.  The
> problem is that it's just so easy in Eclipse, and so difficult elsewhere!  I
> think the long term solution is to write a specialized Java parser for
> Ibator using ANTLR or the like.  Parsing Java source code is a non-trivial
> task and I have no interest in reinventing the wheel - so probably something
> like ANTLR is the right answer ultimately.  If anyone is interested in
> making an important contribution to Ibator this would be a good area to look
> into :)
>

It may be possible to use AST standalone (much better than reinventing!)
after navigating the licencing issues. AST is built on EMF which apparently
can be used in a standalone app [1]. It would be worth it to build a sample
app, to see just how tied to eclipse AST and EMF are.

[1]
http://wiki.eclipse.org/EMF/FAQ#How_do_I_use_EMF_in_standalone_applications_.28such_as_an_ordinary_main.29.3F

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