On Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 4:32:03 PM UTC+2, Desmond FitzGerald wrote:
> Hi,
> We have been having good success with embedding protobuf messages as a 
> means of specifying all the standard
> processes, with options, for our Geophysics and Geology processing and 
> modelling software base.
> Protobuf technology was so close to elements of an internally grown system 
> we had evolved over many years, that it has proven very easy to
> transition, and then get the benfit of being able to easily publish our 
> "data model", and to get the benefit of the much improved
> parsers and automatic java and C_++ code base.  Not withstanding all of 
> that, it has still taken 2 years, as our code base is very large.
> The protobuf plugin for Eclipse is also a great tool, and helps a lot.
> This leads me to the question -
> We have also been trying to improve the use of our GUI's by using Eclipse 
> Model Framework. This has an XML style way of capturing the
> the schemas.  Going to the next stage of abstraction and design, Rich 
> Client Platform would appear to be an interesting way of
> joining some of the protbuf ideas, and extending them to also include 
> options for data elements and parameters, to include
> ranges, units, and ways of automating GUI components to prompt and/or edit 
> messages.
> So, the question is, has anyone thought of this and given it  a go?  How 
> active is the protobuf community with using Eclipse?
> djf

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