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Getting Started with Papyrus UMLLight

Well… It took some time but there is finally a tutorial for Papyrus UMLLight!

This tutorial was developed within the Papyrus UMLLight wiki, so it is available online .

It covers the audience we targeted for this tool, how Papyrus UMLLight is both different and similar to Papyrus , and provides exercises to show its capabilities.

And yes, you can comment about it (on its discussion page)

And now to start work on the musical! ūüėČ


Papyrus UML Light users

In my previous post, I did mention that we had some users in mind that would benefit from using Papyrus UML Light.

I should have given you a hint as to who they are…

Nicole ‚Äď a Papyrus Novice

Nicole is already knowledgeable in UML at or above the OMG’s OCUP2 Foundation or intermediate level contents.

As the project on which ze worked was completed, ze is being moved to a new team that uses Papyrus, a tool with which ze is not familiar.

Nicole’s goal in using Papyrus UML Light is to quickly get familiar with Papyrus UML Light and how it supports UML-based modeling. Ze appreciates and benefits from Papyrus UML Light’s streamlined editor with the most common concepts of UML, so that ze can focus on getting to know the Papyrus UML Light user interface and way of working without being exposed to the full spectrum of UML model elements.

Steve – a UML Novice and Student

Steve is new to the modeling world and has no familiarity with the UML.

Ze is starting to learn about UML and faces the dual tasks of learning to use UML at the same time as learning to use a UML modeling tool.

Using Papyrus UML Light, Steve will be exposed to fewer language and tool concepts at a time, wich results in a lowering of the learning curve.

In addition, the alignment of Papyrus UML Light to OCUP2 (Foundational) is beneficial, as it ensures that ze first deals with the most most important concepts of UML before tackling the more complex aspects.

Brisha – a Basic UML User

Brisha only uses UML from time to time and then only for basic purposes such as documentation, presentations, discussions, etc. Ze is not interested in a full model-based engineering tool or method and rather uses it to “sketch” using UML to ensure common understanding of the graphics. As such, ze only needs the basic concepts of UML. In this context, an easy to use UML modeling tool such as Papyrus UML Light, which provides a reduces user interface an ease of use is easiest to get and adopt.

So, what do you think of our typical users for Papyrus UML Light?

Papyrus UML Light update

First, I would like to which a happy new year that will keep you all in good health (and modeling with Moi!)!

In a previous posting, I mentioned a new variant of Papyrus (me), Well, Papyrus UML Light has progressed progressing  well since then!

This is what happened thus far:

  • Requirements have been defined, including the subset of UML that is being implemented (which involved many people … and voting…)
  • Personae have been defined for our three principal users (Nicole, Steve, and Brisha and their current names).
  • There is a logo:¬†¬†¬†
  • There have been three internal development releases thus far.
  • The “Getting Started” tutorial is progressing.

As usual, I’ll try to keep you up-to-date!

New Papyrus-based tool!

Good news!¬†The¬†Papyrus Industry Consortium’s¬†steering committee has approved the creation of a “Papyrus UML Light” addition to the product line!

My insiders have been telling me that work is ongoing on the requirements for this new tool.

Would you like to have a voice? Well you can do so through the¬†Papyrus IC public Tuleap repo’s product management forum!¬† (You may remember my previous post about Tuleap).

Papyrus Coding Day 2018

In previous posts (here and here), I mentioned the increased focus on Papyrus Toolsmiths.

In this context, the Papyrus development team is putting together a “Papyrus coding day” just before EclipseCon France.
During this free coding day, they will provide you with:

  • Hands-on sessions to get an insight on Papyrus SDK capabilities
  • Discussions with the Papyrus development team

Registration is mandatory as there is a limit on the number of attendees is limited.

And rejoice in that attendance is free (and includes coffee and snacks)!

There are, however, prerequisites:

  • Knowledge of Java (at least intermediate level)
  • EMF and UML experience is an plus!

So whether you are already invested in Papyrus, just curious, a toolsmith or a hacker, this may be of interest to you!

You can contact me is this is of interest and I will put you in touch with the organizers!

(The information you provide will only be used to put you in touch with the organizer and then deleted)

EclipseCon France 2018 – Sessions

The sessions lineup for EclipseCon France 2018 have been published! If you plan on attending, I have a couple of suggestions for you!

First, a session about me (of course) and more love for my toolsmiths:

Papyrus as a Platform

by Philip Langer (EclipseSource Services GmbH).

Model-based engineering tools are most successful, if they are as domain-specific as possible, reflecting the specific needs of the domain and its users. Thus, not only a domain-specific modeling language, but also a specialized modeling environment is required that takes the domain users’ background, their roles, and currently used infrastructure into account. Often, the domain-specific modeling languages have a considerable overlap with UML though.

The second session is not directly focused on me, but it is very relevant to using me as a platform for domain-specific tools (and again, more love for my toolsmiths):

Comparison and merge use-cases from practice with EMF Compare

by Laurent Delaigue (Obeo) and Philip Langer (EclipseSource Services GmbH)

Have you ever needed to compare and merge heterogeneous domain-specific models (with both textual and graphical syntaxes)? Or maybe you needed to review changes on graphical models? We did.


Did I miss a presentation? If so, let me know!

Some love for Toolsmiths

Today, my minions added a new page to the the unsung heroes of me: The Toolsmiths!

They are those who are brave enough to add capabilities to Papyrus and even to build new modeling tools on top of the Papyrus platform!

They are, of course, all the main developers of the Papyrus modeling platform and the various products in the Papyrus product line, but also those who provide fixes through bugzilla, those who build add-ons to Papyrus, and those who use Papyrus as the base for their own domain/company-specific modeling tools.

Interested in joining this fearless bunch? The Toolsmith page is for you!


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