Friday, February 27, 2009

News on UFaceKit

IP-Review passed

This is a great day in the short life of UFaceKit. We passed the initial IP-Review for our code base and I thank all the IP-Team for the great assistance and help to make our code base IP-clean.

Abstraction of Application-Bootstrapping

Until today the start up process of an application has been Toolkit specific (e.g. spinning the event-loop) this is now abstracted in a new interface called UIDesktop which can be compared to the mixture of SWT-Display and the Eclipse-Workbench.

This abstraction means that switching from SWT to QT means switching exactly one factory and that's it. This new UIDesktop concept is also a result of discussing a potential OpenGL-Implementation of the UFaceKit-API with one of our employees.

public void startup(UIFactory factory) {
UIDesktop desktop = factory.newDesktop();

desktop.runWithDefaultRealm(new UIRunnable() {

protected IStatus run(UIDesktop element) {
return Status.OK_STATUS;

// Creating application with SWT
startup(new JFaceFactory());

// Creating application with QT
startup(new QTFactory());

A first real world application

One of our employees is rewritting our one of our applications using UFaceKit and is making good progress. Writing a real world applications helps us to fill the last missing gaps in API. Maybe I can already show an intial version of the application on EclipseCon 09 then people can see a real world application using UFaceKit + EMF + CDO in my talks:By the way I'm nominated for 2 Eclipse-Awards