Xtext is a framework for development of programming languages and domain specific languages. It covers all aspects of a complete language infrastructure, from parsers, over linker, compiler or interpreter to fully-blown top-notch Eclipse IDE integration. It comes with good defaults for all these aspects and at the same time every single aspect can be tailored to your needs.
Xbase is a partial programming language implemented in Xtext and is meant to be embedded and extended within other programming languages and domain-specific languages (DSL) written in Xtext. Xbase is not a new programming language! It’s the basis for a plethora of new programming languages and domain-specific languages.
In previous posts, I had blogged about some experiments done with Xtext 2 wonderful mechanisms to access Java types and to reuse Xbase expressions; however, when generating code, I was using the "manual way". That is to say, I was not using the JvmModelInferrer mechanism; the mechanism of JvmModelInferrer allows to define a mapping from your DSL elements to Java elements. You'll then have for free a complete integration of Java into your DSL, and viceversa (yes, from Java you can jump directly to your DSL elements starting from generated classes, methods, etc.). And by the way, you'll also have [...]