First Papyrus IC Research/Academia webinar of 2017

If you’ve been following this blog, you already know that I have an Industry Consortium.

And if you looked at the Papyrus Industry Consortium’s (PIC) website, you also know that it has a Research and Academia Committee!

And that committee is known to hold very interesting webinars about various aspects of modeling, open source, and, of course, ME!

Well, the first webinar of the year will happen this Friday, January 13th, at 16:00 – 17:00 CET, 15:00 – 16:00 GMT, 10:00 – 11:00 EST.

Our first speaker of 2017 is none other than Jordi Cabot, ICREA Research Professor at IN3 (Open University of Catalonia), a well-known member of our community with many years of experience as a researcher in Model Driven Engineering and in open-source software and the driving force behind the MOdeling LAnguages blog.

Jordi will be talking about some of the key factors in the success of open-source software projects. His talk is titled:

Wanna see your OSS project succeed? Nurture the community

I hope you will join us for this very interesting talk.

You can find the connection information in the Papyrus IC wiki.

SE Trends looks at Papyrus-IM!

Earlier this month, The Systems Engineering Trends blog featured an article from my friend Michael Jastram about one of my variants: Papyrus for Information Modeling (or Papyrus-IM for short). You might remember Michael from earlier this year (see here)

For those who do not know, Papyrus-IM is:

A Papyrus-based modeling product that is customized and streamlined for users interested in modeling the static structure of information with UML class diagrams.

In short, a customised version of Me for a specific purpose, with associated simplification.

From my reading of the article (and my German is not that great…) it seems I am making progress! But don’t take my word for it: go read the article (in German, and Google Translate’s English version), I’ll wait for you back here…

Good! You’re back! Did you enjoy the video? I though it was clear and simple, just like Papyrus-IM!

So what do you think? Am I getting better? I know I feel better!

Papyrus for Real Time is another example of a DSML being implemented using Me. The same approach used for the creation of Papyrus-IM is used for Papyrus-RT for menu reduction and viewpoints, but to a much larger extent as the UML-RT modeling language is much richer than just class diagrams. As stated in a previous blog entry, Papyrus-RT is also available for download, but if you do not know UML-RT, better ask for help from my minions!

Thank you, Michael! I look forward to further articles about Me!

Continue reading SE Trends looks at Papyrus-IM!

My past and future -An interview

If you are not aware of the Modeling Languages blog, you are missing one of the best sources of up-to-date modelling information on the web!  And I’m not just saying that because of the recent great interview about me!

Modeling Languages’s Jordi Cabot provides us all with a great interview of Francis Bordeleau, chairman of my Industry Consortium and Ericsson employee, about my past, growth, and future.

In this post, Jordi stated:

I believe this interview is interesting not only for people using Papyrus (or looking for a Eclipse-based modeling tool to use) but it includes many valuable insights for all of you trying to push various open source initiatives and aim for their sustainable development.

And I can’t agree more!

The discussion covers a lot, from Ericsson’s belief that they need to control their tool destiny and that the best way to do this is to be part of it (hint: Open source ME!), to my evolution and the creation of the Me Industry Consortium, enabling many companies to work together to make me better and providing me with more minions!

Thanks to Jordi and Francis for this exposé!

Papyrus-RT v 0.8.0

Good news!

A new version of Me for Real Time is now available!

Papyrus-RT 0.8.0 (on Neon no less) is now available for download!

There are many ways for you to enjoy the goodness of this new release, and all can be accessed on the Papyrus-RT Download page.

Have the multiple installation option made your head spin?  Are you wondering which installation approach is best for you? Don’t worry, we have a page on our wiki that explains the various installation methods to help you make an informed choice!

Wondering what’s in the release? Just consult the 0.8.0 release notes!

As for what’s coming, you can see that in the next release’s definition!

Enjoy!

MARTE 1.2.1

Have you heard about MARTE?

Well, MARTE is the OMG Modeling and Analysis of Real-Time Embedded Systems profile.

Yes, it’s a mouthful, but if you are interested in the nitty-gritty of embedded systems, it can be very useful!

Here’s a short message from one of my minion about it:

We are pleased to announce that the MARTE feature has been transformed into a Papyrus Component. The MARTE 1.2.1 release, for Eclipse Neon, can be downloaded from [1]. We advise you to uninstal4l any previous version of MARTE beforehand.

The old MARTE projects, in the extra folder of the main Papyrus repository, will soon be completely removed. The new repository can be cloned from [2].

[1] http://download.eclipse.org/modeling/mdt/papyrus/components/marte/neon/
[2] https://git.eclipse.org/r/papyrus/org.eclipse.papyrus-marte

Aren’t you lucky that I support it?

Me as text?

Over the last few days, a large group of my minions and admires met in Sweden at EMD2017 to talk about me…in all my incarnation.

One of the most polarizing discussion was about whether I should stay graphical or whether I also needed to be textual. For those who do not know, I am a UML-based modeling tool and therefore graphical by nature.

However, some of my minions think that I would be more usable if I also allowed them to create/edit models using text (just like this posting, but in a model instead of a blog post.

During the meeting, there was a lot of discussion about whether it was a good idea or not, whether it was useful or not, whether I was even able to support this!

The main point made by the pro-text minions was that many things are simply easier to do by writing text rather than drawing images, but that both could be supported. Other minions were saying that it was simply impossible.

Now, this is all a bit strange to me. After all, when I look at my picture, I am an image, but then I can express myself in text (again, like in this posting).

Regardless, any new capability given me makes me happy!

And I wonder how I would look as text…

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I think I like myself better as an image, but it’s good to have a choice. In the end, I trust my minions.

 

Constructive Criticism

Well, my feathers are a bit ruffled.

It seems that Michael Jastram thinks I am not very good… (or perhaps it’s my German that’s not so good).

In his comment on that page, he compares me, with my youth and open source approach, to established “excellent, affordable commercial tools” (“hervorragende, erschwingliche kommerzielle Werkzeuge”).

I can’t deny that I am young and, in some ways, inexperienced. But I am growing and evolving! I also have many who believe in me! So although I might have been disapointing to Herr Jsatram in 2015, it looks like 2016 will be a much better year!

I do realize that there was limited space in the JaxCenter article, so I don’t begrudge the sparcity of Herr Jastram’s post.

I would like to invite him to look at my industry consortium and to engage with its members in a constructive discussion of his needs, wants, and desires for Papyrus. By doing this, by working with us, I am sure he will no longer be disappointed with me at the end of 2016!

Also , Herr Jastram , werden Sie es tun?


Follow-up:

On May 13, there was a rebuttal from Michael Jastram and on May 17, one of my minions was interviewed by Jaxenter to explain my position.

All’s well that ends well!

My Eclipse Newsletter!

I am so proud and happy: I have an Eclipse Newsletter dedicated to me!

Well, there other intersting stuff in the newsletter, but I am the star!

My minions and admirers are so nice to me they pooled together to say nice things about me! Thanks to Sébastien, Saadia, Francis, and Ronan for their efforts in writing these articles! And thanks to others (Susan, Roxanne, and Charles) for helping them in their efforts to support me – I greatly appreciate it!

Go and read from them about:

And hopefully also glanced at the other Eclipse news — especially the PolarSys Rover, where I’ll have a role.

Now that you have read all the good stuff , you just have to try me out! Get me from the Papyrus Downloads!

Trust me! You won’t regret it! And that’s a money-back offer! (wait… I’m free…)