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IBM Releases Open Source EGL Development Tools 50

New submitter dd1968 writes "Today IBM announced the release of a new set of Open Source development tools based on their EGL programming language. The announcement describes the tools as being built from the ground up on an 'open, extensible compiler and generator framework.' The one-language approach places an abstraction layer between the developer and target languages, frameworks, and runtime platforms."
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IBM Releases Open Source EGL Development Tools

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  • by msobkow ( 48369 ) on Thursday December 08, 2011 @05:38PM (#38309144) Homepage Journal

    They've taken a completely different approach to code production than I do, but it still seems pretty powerful. I think most of what they've accomplished is a clean, elegant variation on good old C pre-processor macros, but restricted so it's a lot harder to hang yourself when writing such code expansions.

    It seems to borrow a fair bit from the concept of annotations and UML stereotyping for it's expansion arguments, rather than inspecting a business application model for that information.

    It's definitely competition for the grunt code market, but I think my approach requires less work on the part of business modellers, while IBM's approach is probably more comfortable for coders than modellers.

    Either way, I'm going to have to hurry up with coding a GUI for this beast so people can use it without groking raw XML.

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